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Master's Thesis in Urban and Regional Planning

The course involves independently writing a Master's thesis in Urban and Regional Planning. In this course, students individually write a thesis corresponding to 30 credits. This means one semester full time studies.

Information for admitted students Spring 2024

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on whether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - courses

Welcome to the Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University! Here is important information for those who are going to start one course or more in the spring semester 2024.

Photo: Ingmarie Andersson, Stockholm University.

Before the semester starts, you must activate your university account and register. You should also familiarize yourself with the education by looking through the first course's schedule and reading list and by visiting the course's page on the learning platform Athena, where there may be additional important information.


You who have been accepted and have accepted the place at or are welcome to register. To keep your place, you must register during the January 4–12 registration period. Please note that January 12 is the last registration day for all courses given in the spring semester 2024. In order to register online, you must first activate your university account.

After registration, you are welcome to the course introduction. Exact time and place can be found in the coure schedule. (It is no roll-call. You only need to confirm your choice of education by registering.)

Activate your university account

If you need help activating your university account or encounter technical problems, you can contact IT support via Serviceportalen.

IT support

If you have problems registering, contact our student affairs office before the last day of registration at Include your full namne (or your Swedish personal identity number) and which course or courses you are accepted to.

Learning platform

Log in to the learning platform Athena and go to the page for your first course. But first you need to activate your university account and register, see above.



Teaching starts immediately at the start of the semester.

In the course description for the first course there are links to the reading list and the schedule. The description can be found in the course catalogue.

Course catalogue

On the course page on the Athena learning platform, there may be more information before the start of the course. You will receive a course guide and more at the course introduction.

Conditionally admitted

If you are conditionally admitted, you must show that you meet the programme's eligibility requirements before you can register. If you have questions, please call +46 8 16 48 33 or write to

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Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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Pre-departure information

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The course requires a Bachelor degree and 60 HECs at the Second Cycle in urban and regional planning, including Theoretical Perspectives on Planning, SC, 7.5 HECs, Planning Practices in Cities and Regions, SC, 7.5 HECs, and Advanced Method in Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, SC, 15 HECs, and English 6, or equivalent. 

  • Course structure

    The Master´s Thesis is accomplished through individual work, individual supervision and seminars. Depending on the question developed for the thesis, this course may involve different types of field studies; in the close vicinity, on other places or internationally. The master’s thesis may be included in a master’s degree.

    Teaching format

    Obligatory teaching is seminars and individual tutoring or advising. The language of the course is English.

    Tutorials are conducted in English or Swedish. Other teaching takes place in English

    Detailed information, including grading criteria, is presented at the course introduction and via the collaboration and learning environment Athena.

    Learning objectives

    After completing the course, the student is expected to independently and at an appropriate academic level – be able to: 

    • Formulate a research question and systematically integrate and reflexively discuss theoretical reasoning, methodological applications and data in a Master’s essay.
    • Review other students’ theses at a level appropriate to second cycle study.
    • Present independent insight on the possibilities and limits of academic research, the roll of academic research in society, and people’s responsibility for how research is used. 
    • Identify in all research situations issues and norms related to research ethics and review one’s own and the work of others from an ethical standpoint.


    Examination takes place through a master thesis, opposition to and defense of the master thesis.


    Several teachers assess and grade within the course.

    Examiner: Peter Schmitt, Department of Human Geography

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator
    Academic Counselling
    Student Affairs Office