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Master's Programme in Spatial Planning and Development

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2017

Would you like to participate in designing, developing and planning our common future? At all geographical levels and in all geographical contexts the development needs to be coordinated and designed. Through the Master’s Programme in Spatial Planning and Development you get a possibility to further your knowledge in social science, planning and advanced spatial methodology. Methods include geographical information systems (GIS), prognoses, simulations and more. Students from all over the world with different educational background are students at the programme, which is taught in English.

While studying

During the programme you will develop knowledge about current theories on planning and development. Further, you will be familiar with advanced methods for analyses used by potential employers in the field of spatial planning and development. Methods introduced are geographical information systems (GIS), consequence assessments, prognoses and simulation techniques. The programme is situated in Social and Economic Geography with a main focus on quantitative methods and spatial planning.

You can opt for a one year master degree. If you rather choose to study two years you will be able to apply for a two year master degree, as well as developed knowledge and methodological skills. Second year courses are more oriented towards international aspects of planning and development.

Programme overview

Career opportunities

The training in the programme qualifies you to apply for posts in social/spatial planning where knowledge in advanced analytical and planning tools are demanded. Social/spatial planners are active at municipality planning offices, county councils, county administrative boards, government offices and consultancy firms. The programme also comprise international perspectives in order to prepare you for work with planning issues abroad or with projects concerning cross-border cooperation.

There is a great need for well trained social/spatial planners with good knowledge in especially GIS on the labour market. As an older generation of planners now reaches the age of retirement numerous vacancies have to be filled over the coming years.

A degree from the master programme will also grant students basic eligibility to doctoral studies.

Degree

Degree of master of Science (60 credits).
Degree of master of Science (120 credits).
Main field of study: Human Geography.
Specialisation: Spatial Planning and Development.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Spatial Planning and Development, 120 hp

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International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2017

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

Basic requirements:A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university. Special Requirements: at least 90 ECTS-credits in Social Geography, Geography, Social Planning, Statistics, Economics, Sociology, Ethnology, Political Science, Economic History, Earth Science, Regional Science, Development Studies, Environmental Science, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or another Social Planning-related programme including at least 7.5 ECTS-credits in quantitative methods. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and no individual score below 5.5. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum score of 575 and a minimum TWE score of 4.5). TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum score of 90 and a minimum score of 20 on the Writing Section). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies. If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University, outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-M2020

Application

Application deadline was 16 January 2017. The application period is closed.

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

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK45,000

Total fee

SEK180,000

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2017

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

Basic requirements:A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university. Special Requirements: at least 90 ECTS-credits in Social Geography, Geography, Social Planning, Statistics, Economics, Sociology, Ethnology, Political Science, Economic History, Earth Science, Regional Science, Development Studies, Environmental Science, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or another Social Planning-related programme including at least 7.5 ECTS-credits in quantitative methods. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and no individual score below 5.5. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum score of 575 and a minimum TWE score of 4.5). TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum score of 90 and a minimum score of 20 on the Writing Section). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies. If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University, outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-02020

Application

Application deadline was 18 April 2017. Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at Universityadmissions.se.

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

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK45,000

Total fee

SEK180,000

Frequently asked questions

Contact us

Contactperson for the programme is: Håkan Appelblad

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