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Local and Regional Development

  • Number of credits 15 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Spring Term 2023

About the course

The course departs from the differences in economic development on the local, regional, national and global levels. Which processes have contributed to these geographical patterns and changes over time? How can scientific approaches and methods contribute to an enhanced understanding of the causes behind these complex processes, but also how to inform political decision-making in order to contribute to a more sustainable development? During the course, concepts, theories, and issues related to economic geography, as well as local and regional development planning, are introduced. Focus is on conditions in developed economies, especially Sweden, the Nordic countries and Europe. The territorial developments during recent decades are emphasized, but more long-term perspectives are also applied during the course. In addition, potential conflicts of interest in strategic planning and decision-making are discussed from a sustainability perspective.

Application and eligibility

Local and Regional Development, 15 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Spring Term 2023 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


16 January 2023


21 March 2023

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 100%

Required Knowledge

Univ: 120 ECTS, 60 ECTS of which in a major field of subject.,

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



The online application opens 01 June 2022 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 15 August 2022. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 23,250

Total fee

SEK 23,250

Contact us

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Contactperson for the course is:
Örjan Pettersson