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Master's Programme in Environmental Management and Physical Planning

Environmental issues are complex. A systems perspective is required in order to understand today’s multidisciplinary environmental problems, and to identify both long-term solutions and alternatives.

The programme focuses on environmental science and physical planning. It provides students with a systems perspective on environmental issues, focusing on planning processes, international and transboundary issues, and practical training in tools such as systems analysis.

Members of the teaching staff are drawn from Stockholm University, KTH and other universities, as well as from authorities, organisations, NGO´s and companies. This programme is important for professions related to national and international environmental management by governmental agencies, municipalities, companies and NGO´s.

The programme includes four compulsory courses and up to 30 credits optional courses, allowing students to individually profile their education. The four mandatory courses are:

  • Applied Environmental Modelling - provides students with an introduction to system thinking, systems analysis and system dynamics
  • Case Studies of Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Environmental Management in Planning - investigates the roles of local and regional planning authorities and their work modes
  • International Environmental Mangement - focuses on international and transboundary environmental issues


  • Programme overview

    The two-year Master´s Programme consist of 120 credits

    60 credits Mandatory advanced courses
    0-30 credits Optional courses
    30-60 credits Master thesis (mandatory)

    The programme includes four, 15 ETCS credits, mandatory advanced courses: Applied Environmental Modelling (which gives a basis in systems analysis and modelling without requiring prior experiences of modelling), Case Studies of Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management in Planning, International Environmental Issues, Up to 30 ETCS credits optional courses, e.g. including an internship course, allows the student to individually tailor the education depending on interests, background and needs. The programme concludes with a thesis, of 30, 45 or 60 ETCS credits.

    Year 1

    Autumn term

    Applied Environmental Modelling, 15 credits

    Case Studies of Environmental Impact Assessments, 15 credits

    Spring term

    Environmental Management in Planning, 15 credits

    International Environmental Issues, 15 credits

    Year 2

    The number of optional courses taken will be dependent on the period of time devoted to the Master thesis 30, 45 or 60 credits, which may extend over one or two terms: Degree Project in Environmental Science and Physical Planning 30/45/60 credits.

  • How to apply

    All applications must be sent through January 17 2022 - last date to apply for all applicants.

    Required supporting documentation

    In addition to the documents required by, the following documents must accompany all applications to this master’s programme:

    1. Personal letter/Letter of interest (maximum one page). Please indicate how you fulfill the specific requirements for the programme in the letter.
      Further information: Frequently asked questions about admissions.
    2. CV
    3. Brief summary of the grading system of your university (if other than ECTS).

    If you are still studying for your Bachelor degree when making the admission application then please write in the personal letter which courses and credits are yet to be completed.

  • Contact

    Student Counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Program responsible
    Salim Belyazid