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Master's Programme in Urban and Regional Planning

This Master´s programme provides students with in-depth knowledge on urban and regional planning in an international perspective. It enables students to develop critical insights into planning theories, cultures and practices, apply social science methods, and to understand the varying institutional and spatial contexts in cities and regions.

Urban and regional planning is constantly challenged by the transformation of society as well as by changes in our knowledge about and understanding of the world. This means that the values and applications of planning have to be continuously critically assessed and evaluated.

This multidisciplinary programme is designed for students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the terms and conditions of planning in Sweden and internationally. It is intended both for those who have a recent undergraduate degree and those who have some working experience and would like to get new impulses and insights.

The programme is linked to the research profiles The Stockholm Urban and Regional Research Environment (SURE), Historical Geography and Landscape Studies, The Population Geography Resarch Group, and Urban Africa.

  • Programme overview

    The master programme involve the acquisition of specialist knowledge, competence and skills in relation to the first cycle (bachelor), and in addition to the requirements for the first cycle the programme:

    • further develop the ability of students to integrate and make autonomous use of their knowledge,
    • develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
    • develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable autonomy, or for research and development work.

    Year 1

    The first semester include core courses which are compulsary:

    Theoretical Perspectives on Planning, 7.5 HECs

    Planning Practices in Cities and Regions, 7.5 HECs

    Advanced Method in Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, 15 HECs

    In addition to the first 30 HECs of specified mandatory courses, the second and third semester consists of 45 credits of optional courses specialised in urban and regional planning, and 15 HECs of free courses.

    In the student study plan individual preferences can be met by optional courses in:

    Human Geography and Urban and Regional planning
    Economic History
    Political science
    Physical Geography
    Environmental managment

    Exchange studies is possible at one of our partner universities abroad.



    Year 2

    In the third semester you can continue with optional courses or exchange studies (read year 1).

    The fourth semster consists of the compulsary master´s thesis course:

    Master´s Thesis in Urban and Regional Planning, 30 HECs

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    Learning objectives

    After completion of the programme, students are expected to be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in urban and regional planning, including both a broad proficiency in the discipline and important specialised knowledge in certain parts of the discipline, plus specialised insight into current research.
    • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of methods in urban and regional planning
    • Demonstrate an ability to systematically but critically integrate knowledge and to analyse, evaluate and manage complex phenomena, research questions and situations even with limited information.
    • Demonstrate an ability to creatively, independently, and critically identify and formulate research questions; to plan and carry out relevant tasks with appropriate methods within a given time-frame, thereby contributing to the advancement of the discipline; and to evaluate this work.
    • Demonstrate an ability to describe and discuss – orally and in writing, in national and international contexts, and in dialogue with different groups – one’s conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that are the basis for these conclusions.

    Degree and career option

    The two year Master of Science with a main field of study in Urban and Regional Planning will provide students with qualifications which will give an obvious entry point for careers in process management and qualified analytical, development and administrative work in planning at local, regional, national and international level.

    Typical jobs are investigator, planning officer and project manager. Examples of other titles are city planner, consultant, desk officer, development engineer, environmental planner, heritage officer, land use specialist, planning analyst, planning director, policy advisor, process manager, regional planner, research fellow, senior planner and transportation planner.

    The degree offers an excellent grounding for students wishing to pursue a Doctorate.


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