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Master's Programme in Spatial Planning and Sustainability

  • Number of credits 120 credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2022

Spatial planning is about improving peoples’ lives and planning for long-term sustainable societies. Today’s societal changes require multifaceted skills of tomorrow’s spatial planners. Do you want to develop your skills for qualified planning and investigation work? If so, the Master’s Programme in Spatial Planning and Sustainability is something for you.

While studying

The Master’s Programme in Spatial Planning and Sustainability addresses current challenges of sustainability that are connected planning issues on all levels of society; from the global to the local. The transition to a more sustainable society raises a strong demand for spatial planners to have abilities to balance different interests. The education provides you with the tools to make these considerations. You will learn to ask relevant and scientifically grounded questions about changes and trends in rural areas and cities, regions, and nations and how they are related to the sustainability dimensions.

Focus on sustainability

Within the programme you will study planning theories, with focus on challenges for a sustainable city development, economic transformation and related planning practices in various geographical contexts. During the education you will also develop your skills in applying spatial quantitative and qualitative methods, such as geographic information systems (GIS) and interview techniques relevant for qualified work with spatial planning and development. The methods will help you understand and analyse societal phenomenon. The department have their own computer lab where you can work with various assignments, such as GIS. The final thesis project provides opportunities to specialise or broaden your skills and can be conducted in cooperation with public or private actors.

 

Develop your critical thinking

An important part of the programme is to develop your critical thinking. Not only is spatial planning constantly challenged by the transformation of society, but also by our knowledge about and understanding of the world. We work with seminars, lectures, individual and group assignments. All teaching is given in English.

Choose between one or two-year master's degree

The program leads to a two-year master's degree in Human Geography with a specialization in Spatial Planning and Sustainability. After one year of study, there is an opportunity to take a one-year master's degree.

Teacher and researchers 

Erika Sandow, associate professor
Madeleine Eriksson, associate professor
Rikard Eriksson, professor
Örjan Pettersson , associate professor
Aina Tollefsen, associate professor
Guilherme Kenjy Chihaya Da Silva, Researcher
Emelie Hane-Weijman, associate professor
Emma Lundholm, associate professor
Charlotta Hedberg, associate professor

Programme overview

Term 1 (year 1)

Human Geography and Planning Theory, 15 ECTS

Spatial Analysis, 15 ECTS

Term 2 

Local and Regional Development, 15 ECTS

Magister Thesis in Human Geography 15 ECTS /
Population, Migration and Mobility, 15 ECTS

Term 3 (year 2)

Advanced Spatial Analysis 15 ECTS

Sustainability and planning in a globlized world 15 ECTS

Term 4

Master Thesis in Human Geography 30 ECTS

 

Career opportunities

The programme will prepare for professional careers as well as for studies at the doctoral level.

 

Labour market

There is a great demand for well-educated spatial planners in the labour market, not least due to global goals for sustainable societies such as Agenda 2030. After graduation, you can work with qualified planning and investigative work in both the private and public sector. Regardless of how you view your career the education will provide you with good opportunities to contribute to a more sustainable society.

Spatial planning is conducted in state, regional and municipal activities and in organisations and consultant agencies at national and international level.


Doctoral studies (PhD)


The programme grants basic eligibility for doctorate studies.

Common job titles

City planner, consultant, environmental planner, planning analyst, planning director, policy advisor, regional planner, research fellow and transportation planner.

 

Degree

Degree of Master of Science (60 credits). Main field of study: Human Geography. Specialisation: Spatial Planning and Sustainability.

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits). Main field of study: Human Geography. Specialisation: Spatial Planning and Sustainability.
Name of specialisation is proposed but not yet decided.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Spatial Planning and Sustainability, 120 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Autumn Term 2022 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2022

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, Environmental Engineering / Built environment, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or another Social Planning-related programme. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English 6. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code

UMU-M2094

Application

Application deadline was 17 January 2022. 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

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 46,500

Total fee

SEK 186,000

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2022

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, Environmental Engineering / Built environment, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or another Social Planning-related programme. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English 6. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits completed by the last application date (in the range of 30-285 credits equivalent to ECTS)

Application code

UMU-P2094

Application

The online application opens 15 March 2022 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 19 April 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 46,500

Total fee

SEK 186,000

Contact us

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Programme is given by
Department of Geography
Contactperson for the programme is:
Erika Sandow