Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - Master's Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
The demand for new approaches using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are rapidly increasing. Apply to this master’s programme offering a truly holistic approach to VR/AR technology in a world-class, multi-disciplinary research and learning environment and be part of exploring new possibilities!
Recent advances in computer graphics, sensors and screen technology give us unprecedented possibilities to completely immerse humans in virtual environments or augment real environments. VR/AR constitute a completely new computing paradigm finding its way into applications for industry, health care, education, entertainment etc. The Master’s programme in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality aims at educating qualified professionals who can design, implement and evaluate VR/AR applications while also considering the ethical, cultural, and social implications of such technology.
Courses in e.g. computer graphics, image analysis, interaction design and VR/AR are blended into a unified learning experience that covers the whole range from enabling technologies to the final user experience of VR/AR applications.The core of the programme is the assumption that VR/AR technology is best learned when students fuse theoretical knowledge and technical skills with design thinking. Active experimentation is a fundamental pillar of the master's programme, with laboratory work and project assignments in Lund University's top tier laboratories. Examples of concrete content in the master's programme include:
- Computer graphics and its implications for VR/AR applications
- Image analysis and its applications in VR/AR tracking
- 3D interaction in VR/AR applications
- User-centred design methodology for VR/AR development
Local and global companies are strongly committed to contributing to the master's programme in various ways. This creates huge opportunities for project assignments and master degree projects, solving real world problems by applying VR/AR technology in a creative and innovative manner.
The programme is carefully tailored and only contains mandatory courses.
Semester 1: Image analysis (7.5 credits), Computer graphics (7.5), Interaction design (7.5), High performance computer graphics (7.5)
Semester 2: Virtual Reality in theory and practice (7.5), Computer vision (7.5), Theoretical perspectives in interaction design (7.5), Universal design, theory and project (7.5)
Semester 3: Usability testing (7.5), Augmented reality interaction (7.5), Extended reality, continuation course (7.5), Project course (7.5)
Semester 4: Master degree project (30)
Graduates of the Master’s programme in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will be extremely attractive for industry in the near future. Large tech companies see VR/AR as the next natural step in computing. At the forefront of development is Meta, former Facebook renamed to signalise the company’s commitment to “the Metaverse”, a network of virtual worlds focused on social connection, believed by many to be the future of the Internet.
There is a strong development towards small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) specialised in VR/AR technology based on a quickly growing demand for such solutions from traditional manufacturing companies as Volkswagen Group, TetraPak and Atlas Copco. Local examples of SMEs with strong VR/AR focus are OneReality, Warpin Media, Devoteam Creative Tech and Virtuell Design.
The VR/AR research field is growing quickly, providing excellent opportunities for an academic career. The number of doctoral student positions is increasing all over the world and the master’s programme provides qualifications for research studies at PhD level.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
This programme is open for applications from 17 October to 16 January.
Programme overview for this Master's
See the programme overview for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality on the Faculty of Engineering’s website.
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Email: msc [dot] vrar [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se
Email: msc [dot] vrar [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
A Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or equivalent. Completed courses in mathematics (including calculus in one and several variables,linear algebra, systems and transforms and probability theory and statistics) of at least 30 credits/ECTS, and basic skills in object-oriented programming (at least onecourse). English 6.
The selection is based on academic qualifications.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit the document 'Summary sheet’ when you apply to this programme. To do this you need to:
- Fill in our template.
- Save the template as a PDF.
- Upload the PDF to your account at universityadmissons.se.
No additional programme-specific documents (such as a CV or letters of recommendation) are required when you apply for this programme.
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 310 000
First payment: SEK 77 500
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
- Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se
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*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.