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Nordic Urban Planning - master


Duration:2 Years
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in Nordic Urban Planning
Admission requirements:A bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS), or an equivalent qualification.
Application deadline:

EU/EUA applicants: March 1.

Non-EU/EUA applicants: January 15.

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Programme description

Nordic urban planning has recently become the focus of intensified interest from urbanists worldwide who are seeking to learn from innovative approaches to sustainability, liveability, mobility, ‘smart’ cities, empowerment, welfare and more.

This programme provides a unique opportunity to study such approaches to planning cities and urban life in a global context with leading researchers from the universities of Roskilde (Denmark), Malmö (Sweden) and Tromsø (The Arctic University of Norway).

By moving between three universities and countries, you will develop international and interdisciplinary perspectives on urban planning and development. You will also become skilled at working collaboratively and imaginatively with diverse communities, organisations, companies and municipalities.

Through conducting your own research in groups and individually, you will become experienced in qualitative and creative methods as well as techniques of spatial visualisation and geographical information systems. You will further gain first-hand insights into planning problems and potential solutions.

Programme structure

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
Semester 1 (Roskilde)
Critical Urban Studies (5 ECTS)
Planning, Welfare and business models in the Entrepreneurial City (5 ECTS)
Approaches to Urban Planning (5 ECTS)
Project Work within urban planning in a welfare context (15 ECTS)
Semester 2 (Tromsø)
Planning and Democracy (10 ECTS)
Culture, Politics and Planning (10 ECTS)
Arctic Cities (10 ECTS)
Semester 2 (Malmø)
Catching Urbanity (15 ECTS)
Making Urban Studies (Project) (15 ECTS)
Semester 2 (Roskilde)
Geographical Information Systems (5 ECTS)
Methods in Community Planning (5 ECTS)
Cities, Culture and Politics (Cosmopolitan Urbanism) (5 ECTS)
Project Work on Mobilities and Globalizing Cities (15 ECTS)
Semester 3 (Tromsø and Malmø)
Field Work (Tromsø) (15 ECTS
Project and Process Management for Sustainable Urban Development (Malmö) (15 ECTS)
Master Thesis in Nordic Urban Planning Studies (Roskilde, Malmø or Tromsø) (30 ECTS)

Learning outcomes

The Master’s programme in Nordic Urban Planning Studies provides the student with the following learning outcomes:


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Teaching and assessment

Teaching may take the form of lectures, classes, case work, workshops, etc. The students are expected to spend 40 hours per week on their studies, including preparation for lectures and seminars, work on papers and other assignments.

More information about the teaching and examination can be found in the description of each individual course.

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Job prospectives

Nordic Urban Planning qualifies you for a wide range of job opportunities. Graduates will be attractive for businesses, public authorities and organisations working nationally and internationally with cities, regions and urban life, including as:

• Project leaders and entrepreneurs in urban consultancies

• Managers, facilitators and coordinators of city development in international planning, design and consultancy companies

• Urban planners and social innovators for international organizations and NGOs

• Urban planners for local, regional and national public authorities and municipalities

• Advisory positions in public and private sector working to build urban futures

• Research positions, including within universities (providing a strong basis for PhD studies).