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Master of Landscape Architecture

Master i Landskapsarkitektur kull 2022

Program of study: 
Master in Landscape Architecture
Level of study: 
4 semesters
Admission and rating

Students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent undergraduate education in landscape architecture, architecture or other related spatial design studies, and meet the English skills requirements are welcome to apply for admission to the International Master of Landscape Architecture at AHO. Eligible applicants are ranked as a result of portfolio assessment.  


The International Master of Landscape Architecture is a professional degree that encompasses a curriculum of the widest range of relevant subjects demanded and requested in the profession. The curriculum includes three eligible terms on the masters level and one last term, the fourth, for designing and writing of the Master’s Thesis.

The International masters programs of Landscape Architecture at AHO is designed and developed for students who wants to be involved in designing our environments in times of challenge. If you are interested in form and the relationship between development patterns and landscape, and how the climate changes affect the design of our environment, this is the programme for you. To fully appreciate the program at AHO you should be critical and constructive, creative and innovative. You should be intent at attaining complex and relevant design knowledge in addition to embracing the importance of cultural context and social conditions.

Learning outcome

Landscape architects educated at AHO are capable of establishing an independent area of application, contribute original angles of perception and solutions, and practise the discipline at a high international level.

Landscape architects who have achieved a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from AHO can practise landscape architecture on the basis of the knowledge and skills defined in the EU Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications and the IFLA Charter for landscape architecture education.

  • They are capable of practising landscape architecture through artistic and scientific study, ideation, and architecture design in different scales and formats
  • They are familiar with the discipline’s natural, environmental, social, cultural, and technological preconditions
  • They master the subject’s work methods, tools and forms of expression, and are capable of using them in a targeted, professional and experimental manner
  • They are knowledgeable about the history of the discipline, its uniqueness, and position in society, and are capable of using this knowledge in their own academic work
  • They are capable of familiarising themselves with research and development work in the field and are capable of using this knowledge in designing and architectural criticism.

Landscape architects educated at AHO are capable of taking on different professional roles in a reflected manner and demonstrate good cooperation skills when working with other professional groups:

  • They are capable of disseminating work carried out in the architectural landscape field – their own and other people’s – in layman's terms and using professional and academic jargon.
  • They have the ability to reflect on their own work and transcend their own frame of reference
  • They take responsibility for their own learning and academic development, and are capable of reflecting on and positioning their own professional contributions in relation to ethical issues that arise when practising design.


Work-, learn- and assessment methods

Our pedagogical approach is based on exploration, conceptualization and design. During the education the students are given written assignments linked to design and theoretical subjects and tasks. The pedagogical approach also includes discussions, presentations, critiques, literature studies and project assignments.   

The teaching is research-based and some of the studio courses are closely linked to AHO’s research projects. This implies that the students need to be familiar with scientific writing, articles and literature. Research methodologies, ethics and results are explained and demonstrated as an integrated part of the teaching.

Content structure

The study program counting 90 credits (ects) in addition to a master’s thesis (diploma) counting for 30 credits (ects).

The two years consist of both mandatory courses and elective courses.  The masters thesis is an independent and self-selected task, but can also be undertaken in collaboration with an other student.


The education is ICT supported. Basic skills in digital tools are needed. Access to a private PC /Mac is also required.  Adequate program training is offered as well as access to relevant licenses.

The digital communication platform Moodle is the communication tool between faculty and students. The Moodle platform handles schedules, study plans, submission of assignments, lectures, literature lists etc. Students are also given a special AHO e-mail address that is mandatory as a communication source between AHO and students throughout the whole study.


The students are offered the opportunity to spend maximum one term at another school. AHO has a wide variety of formal exchange and cooperation agreements which the students can choose among, among these the European Erasmus+ and the Nordic Nordplus progam. Separate agreements may be arranged although they must be pre-approved by the Committee for Access and Recognition (OGU) in order to be accredited as an inclusive part of the study.