Master’s Programme in Visual Culture Program By Lund University |Top Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Degree MA
  • Study Level Masters
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Duration 24 months
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep, Aug
The international Master in Visual Culture is a two-year interdisciplinary programme focusing on understanding the vital importance of images and other visual expressions in past and present societies and cultures. In recognition of the complexity that images and pictures embody, we welcome students from different visual and aesthetical disciplines (Art History, Visual Anthropology, Design Studies, Film Studies, Musicology etc.) in order to create a broad programme that prepares students for research. 

The Master’s programme offers students a unique combination of theoretical frameworks and analytical methods pertaining to a wide range of visual phenomena in today’s image-saturated society. Throughout the programme, students will learn to critically analyse and interpret a comprehensive flora of texts and images in order to question and discuss how visuality is shaped. Visuality here means the social construction of vision but also the visual construction of society. On the programme, visuality is studied from a critical and intermedial perspective. Aspects such as power, history, environment, social relations, gender and ethnicity are central. 

Furthermore, the role of visual communication is analysed in art, science and in popular and mass media, when it comes to portraying and shaping the major issues of life and society. The programme covers a wide range of materials – design objects, architecture and urban environments; painting, photography and sculpture; film, video and television; social media – in various contexts, such as art, entertainment, the natural sciences and the political sector, in relation to topical issues like biomedicine, social justice, or climate change. 

Features of the programme and learning outcomes: 

• Qualitative and quantitative methods used in image analysis and data collection 
• An understanding of contemporary theories about vision, visuality and images in society
• An understanding of the historical dimension of visuality 
• Research design and formulation of project proposals 
• Knowledge and practical experience of fieldwork 
• Knowledge and practical experience of writing different academic genres 
• Extensive experience of peer reviewing fellow students’ work, both verbally and in writing

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About University

Lund University is the #1 choice for international students in Sweden, with one third of all students choosing Lund University programmes. International students appreciate the University because of its wide range of more than 140 international degree programmes, as well as exchange and Ph.D. studies, and strong rankings performance. In the QS World University Rankings 2021 Lund University was ranked 97th in the world. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, the University also received high world rankings for several subject areas, including geography, development studies, environmental sciences, nursing, finance, and social policy and administration.   

Student life

The University’s campus is located in the charming, medieval university town of Lund. Because of its unique combination of traditional student organisations, academic societies and student unions, Lund is considered by many to be the best student city in Sweden. This vast number of student groups ensures that there are plenty of events and activities all year round. Lund University also has campuses located in the nearby cities of Helsingborg and Malmö.

In Lund, students can experience the rich history and cultural heritage of a Swedish medieval university town and, at the same time, be part of the dynamic and international atmosphere created by Lund University students and staff. Moreover, Lund is only 10 minutes away from Sweden’s third largest city Malmö and 35 minutes from the international airport in Copenhagen, making it a great hub for travel throughout Sweden and Europe.

International students

Lund University offers a global class environment where students gain multicultural perspectives and have the opportunity to network with people from around the world. The institution aims to provide an open and informal study experience. Currently, Lund University has 40 000 students, 20% of which are international students (60% on Master's programmes). In Lund, you will find a truly international campus, with students of as many as 130 different nationalities. 

Financial aid

The Lund University Global Scholarship is the University’s main scholarship and is open to international students who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries. This is a merit-based scholarship that students can apply for after they have applied for degree studies with the University.

National scholarships, such as the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, are another type of financial aid. It should also be mentioned that the University also accepts US and Canadian student loans.


Proving its dedication to high-quality education, the University was ranked as a top 100 university for graduate employability in the Global University Employability Ranking 2018.

Students in Lund are given excellent opportunities for business interaction, as the city, with its unique, world-class environment for technology, knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship, hosts an impressive breadth of global companies.

Studying at Lund University

Lund University offers over 100 Master's programmes, nine Bachelor’s programmes in English and around 700 courses suitable for exchange students, covering the following subjects:

  • Architecture & design
  • Business, economics & management
  • Engineering & technology
  • Environment & sustainability
  • Fine & performing arts
  • Humanities & theology
  • International studies & social sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine & health
  • Science

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