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Master's Programme in Urban and Regional Planning

  • 120 credits

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

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Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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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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 various processes, norms, applications and impacts of planning have to be continuously critically assessed. 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 following research profiles: the Stockholm Urban and Regional Research Environment, and Population Geography, Migration and GIS.

Purpose and learning objectives

The programme includes:

– ability to critically and systematically analyse knowledge and to assess complex phenomena, issues and situations, and creatively elaborate optional solutions for ‘real-world’ projects.

– ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and as well as to plan and undertake advanced tasks and the ability to evaluate this work.

– ability to report and communicate clearly and to discuss conclusions.

– skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.

– ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.

Programme content and structure

Compulsory courses: Theoretical Perspectives on Planning, 7.5 credits, Planning Practices in Cities and Regions, 7.5 credits, Advanced Method in Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, 15 credits, Master’s Thesis in Urban and Regional Planning, 30 credits.

In the student study plan individual preferences can be met by optional courses at the departments of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Economics, Economic History, Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Human Geography, Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Political Science, Sociology, and Statistics. One semester can be spent at a university abroad.

Degree and career options

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. The programme offers an ideal grounding for students wishing to pursue doctoral studies.