Bachelor's degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of English 6 in Swedish secondary school.
The programme is offered in a collaboration between Roskilde University, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway and Malmö University. Location of courses can be seen from the table of contents below.
The objective of the master's programme in Nordic Urban Planning Studies offers Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish students as well as other international students, a research-based international interdisciplinary and scientific master's degree in urban planning with a global perspective aimed at PhD education and employment in the public and especially the private sectors.
The purpose of the programme is to create a holistic understanding of planning processes through theoretical insight and knowledge and understanding from concrete planning practices. This is sought through the explicit use of concrete planning cases and external actors with experience related to planning processes, in the teaching. The main focus is thus on students gaining insight into the many different dimensions of the planning process and being able to act as bridge builders between the many professional bodies involved in these processes.
International urban development and urban planning are today a constantly evolving fields and the need for solutions on international scales to the many challenges of cities is great. On the basis of varying research areas and experts from the three universities, the programme offers a broad and solid research-based introduction to how varying perspectives on urban planning and different planning traditions in the Nordic welfare states create different frameworks and conditions for planning. The programme thus provides the students with a solid foundation to work holistically with urban development and urban planning projects on local, regional and international scales.
Students will acquire knowledge and understanding, skills and competences that enable them to engage in practical planning and offer solutions to urban challenges at the local, regional and global levels. The programme qualifies students to carry out consultancy and planning tasks around the world with a focus on innovation, development and sustainability.
Students will be equipped to study, develop and implement planning processes and strategies based on their knowledge and understanding of urban management strategies, everyday life and political, economic and social challenges and conditions. Students will be introduced to strategies and methods to effectively involve social actors and citizens in the analysis and preparation of holistic planning strategies as well as gain competences in project management. The overall aim is for graduates to be able to work with presenting solutions to develop cities and urban areas in the future and, on this basis, to be able to add value to the city's renewal projects for private companies and other stakeholders.
On an interdisciplinary basis, students will be able to translate knowledge and understanding into the analysis and design of planning strategies within a number of planning-related areas such as urban and regional (welfare state) planning, urban regeneration, local social work and design of different types of plans. Students will have a deep understanding of the market and the economic conditions related to planning as well as sustainability in urban regeneration projects.
The programme is aimed at preparing students to work in the nexus between project developers, advisers and project operators in urban planning. Therefore, the programme is specifically geared towards employment in the private sector, in companies that work on all types of urban and regional development tasks on local, regional and international scales.
Content semester 1 (Roskilde University)
- Critical Urban Studies, 5 credits
- Liveable Cities, 5 credits
- Approaches to Urban Planning, 5 credits
- Project: Urban Planning in a Welfare Context, 15 credits
Content semester 2 (two alternatives (choose one of the alternatives))
Alternative 1 (Roskilde University)
- Cities, Culture and Politics, 5 credits
- Methods in Community Planning, 5 credits
- GIS and Visualisation, 5 credits
- Project Work: Mobilities and Globalizing Cities, 15 credits or Project-Oriented Internship 15 credits
Alternative 2 (Malmö University)
- US630E Urban Studies: Catching Urbanity, 15 credits https://utbildningsinfo.mau.se/kurs/kursplan/us630e/20221
- US640E Making Urban Studies, 15 credits https://utbildningsinfo.mau.se/kurs/kursplan/us640e/20221
Content semester 3 (two alternatives (choose one of the alternatives))
Alternative 1 (University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway):
- Arctic Cities Field Course, 20 credits.
- Culture, Politics and Planning, 10 credits
Alternative 2 (Roskilde University):
- Project or Internship 30, credits
Content semester 4 (Roskilde University, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway or Malmö University , choose one of the universities)
- Master Thesis 30 credits
- US660E Urban Studies: Master’s (Two-Year) Thesis 30 credits offered by Malmö University https://utbildningsinfo.mau.se/kurs/kursplan/us660e/20231