On this programme, you will study how outdoor environments in people’s everyday life can promote development, health and well-being. The programme will prepare you for strategic work on how plants, animals and other elements of nature can be more actively used to the benefit of people in public spaces and in settings for specific user groups.
Health and well-being in everyday life depend, to a varying degree, on the quality of the surrounding environment, on interaction with plants and animals in natural or artifically created green open spaces, in urban as well as in rural areas.
This programme is designed for students who are particularly interested in such interactions, with emphasis on the effects of human/environment interactions, based primarly on theories of environmental psychology. On completion of this Master’s programme, students will have the skills and competence to evaluate and develop physical environments adapted to people’s needs and demands at both local and strategic level.
The skills and competence achieved by completing this programme are of importance in many situations, particularly in the light of the increasing stress levels of modern society and a growing awareness of the importance of the restorative effects of nature and green open spaces. This would include all professions involved in planning and designing environments in healthcare, schools and public spaces.
Prerequisites / Requirements
To be eligible for the Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being – Master’s Programme, the requirements are:
– General entry requirements: a Bachelor’s degree (undergraduate cycle) corresponding to a minimum of 180 credits
In addition, knowledge corresponding to English 6 (Swedish secondary school) is required. This is according to a local SLU decision fulfilled by those who have a degree comprising at least 180 credits at first cycle level from a Swedish higher educational institute or 120 credits completed studies at SLU. English 6 can also be achieved in other ways, which are specified at universityadmissions.se.
The requirements for special eligibility as stated above can also be fulfilled by those who have equivalent knowledge through a foreign degree or if equivalent knowledge has been obtained in another way.
For admission to the courses included in the program, the requirements for special qualifications are stated in the syllabus for each individual course.
It is further recommended that at least 15 credits have been taken within any of the behavioral disciplines, health care, education, design, environmental science, landscape architecture, gardening or forestry.
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