Master's Programme in Environmental Management and Physical Planning, 120 credits

About the education

The programme focuses on environmental management and physical planning, and requires a Bachelor's degree in e.g. urban and regional planning, environmental science, geography, Earth sciences, biology or biology-earth sciences. It provides students with a systems perspective on environmental management and physical planning, the planning processes, international and transboundary environmental issues and environmental governance.

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 and 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.

Apart from teachers from the department, teachers from other departments at Stockholm University, KTH and other universities, as well as from authorities, organisations, NGO´s and companies participate in the programme.

Application documentation specific for this programme:

In addition to the documents required by (, you need to send in application documentation specific for this programme: Personal letter (maximum one page) and CV.

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Subject: Geography

The subject of the world!

Geographers are involved in community planning in aspects concerned with climatic change, flood risk and storm damage, as well as with developmental issues such as innovations in farming, city expansion, health matters and refugees. Work areas are to be found both in Sweden and abroad (SIDA, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Red Cross, Swedish Rescue Services Agency, etc.). As the impact of human induced changes to our environment becomes more and more intrusive, the geographer’s role takes on a new and important dimension. Geographers contribute to planning future communities and are key participants in the creation of a sustainable future for people on the regional, national and global planes. The discipline Geography encompasses environmental and social questions that are linked to world’s diversity of municipal and rural environments, populations, and living conditions. Geography is a science that since the time of the ancient Greeks has aimed to describe, analyse and explain the earth as the human habitat. Man’s living conditions and environment are largely dependent on whereabouts on the surface of the earth he lives, and there are clear connections between the differing development patterns of different societies and the surrounding natural environment and its exploitation. Knowledge of the connections and interplay between humankind, socio-cultural development and the natural environment constitutes the core of the discipline Geography. As a result of increasing globalisation in interdisciplinary research, business, international trade and economics, tourism, land management and environmental work, education and the mass media, geographical skills are in high demand. There is furthermore a substantial increase in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and methods of investigation that require the use of satellite imagery and aerial photography (remote sensing).

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.

Department responsible for education

Department of Physical Geography