Master's Programme in Spatial Planning and Sustainability, 120 Credits
Swedish name: Masterprogram i samhällsplanering och hållbarhet
This programme syllabus is valid: HT22
and until further notice
Programme code: SAPSM
Credit points: 120
Registration number: FS 3.1.3-1011-21
Responsible faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Established by: Faculty Board of Social Sciences, 2021-06-01
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.
After completing the program, 60 credits, students may, on application, obtain a Filosofie Magisterexamen in accordance with the Local Qualifications Ordinance approved by the Vice Chancellor, see Umeå University´s web site. Filosofie Magisterexamen translates in English to Degree of Master of Science 60 credits. The degree is awarded in the main field of study, Human Geography (kulturgeografi) with a specialization in Spatial Planning and Sustainability (samhällsplanering och hållbarhet).
After completing the program, 120 credits, students may, on application, obtain a Filosofie Masterexamen in accordance with the Local Qualifications Ordinance approved by the Vice Chancellor, see Umeå University´s web site. Filosofie Masterexamen translates in English to Degree of Master of Science 120 credits. The degree is awarded in the main field of study, Human Geography (kulturgeografi) with a specialization in Spatial Planning and Sustainability (samhällsplanering och hållbarhet).
Description of the education for current education cycle
This education is offered on second cycle level. The targets for second-cycle courses and study programmes can be found in Chapter 1, Section 9 of the Higher Education Act.
National goals for current degree
The national targets for the degree can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance, Appendix 2.
Each course syllabus states what examination formats are to be used in each course.
Each course syllabus states what grades are to be used in each course.
Transfer of Credits
Student who considers themselves to possess knowledge from previous relevant studies or professional or vocational experience that can be comparable to a course or part of a course in the study programme, can apply for transfer of credits. Approved transfer of credits means that the student does not need to take the or those parts of the education that the decision covers. Information about transfer of credits can be found on Umeå University's web site.
Compulsory courses are courses that all students within the study programme normally take. A student who takes a study programme is guaranteed a place on all compulsory courses under the condition that the entry requirements for the course in question have been met. Entry requirements are stated in each course syllabus. The courses are offered in the order listed under the heading Outline. The order of the courses may however be subject to change. For information on how individual courses are set up see the different course syllabus. The courses are normally offered in English.
Thesis For Degree of Master of Science 60 credits the student must have completed a thesis comprising at least 15 credits in Human Geography.
For Degree of Master of Science 120 credits the student must have completed a thesis comprising 30 credits in Human Geography. The thesis may comprise less than 30 credits (a minimum of 15 credits) if the student has already completed an independent work in the second cycle of at least 15 credits in Human Geography or equivalent from an international education.
Deferment of studies
Information about deferment of studies can be found on Umeå University's web site.
Approved leave from studies
Information about leave from studies can be found on Umeå University's web site.
Information about non-completion can be found on Umeå University's web site. Students who leave their program shall notify their Program Study Advisor of the discontinuation.
Access to courses in the program is governed by the course syllabus.
Valid from: HT22
To find out what compulsory, elective and optional courses are, please read under the section "General" above.
Human Geography and Planning Theory, 15 credits Compulsory Spatial Analysis, 15 credits Compulsory
Local and Regional Development, 15 credits Compulsory Population, Migration and Mobility, 15 credits or Magister Thesis in Human Geography, 15 credits
Semester 3 Advanced Spatial Analysis, 15 credits Compulsory Sustainability and Planning in a Globalized World, 15 credits Compulsory
Master Thesis in Human Geography, 30 credits Compulsory