Our cities and regions are currently facing fundamental challenges related to climate change, globalisation, urbanisation, digitalisation and social inequality. Strategic urban and regional planning is one of the most powerful local instruments to (re)shape long-term urban and regional development and create sustainable cities and regions of tomorrow.
Strategic Urban and Regional planning, Master’s Programme – First and main admission round
Autumn 2020, Full-time, Linköping
Place of study
Pace of study
Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning or other relevant subject area equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen.
English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). Exemption from Swedish 3.
Selection will be based on:
Academic merits and Letter of Intent
Each applicant should therefore enclose a Letter of Intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their bachelor’s essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor’s essay or project, their Letter of Intent should describe previous studies and any academic activities that are related to the master’s programme or the programmes applied for.
Degree of Master of Science with a major in Urban and Regional Planning.
SEK 190000 – NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.
The programme provides you with the opportunity to advance your knowledge about societal change and enhance your abilities to engage in complex planning processes and agendas, in collaboration with citizens and other stakeholders. The programme has a special focus on regional development challenges in European countries.
New IT infrastructures in smart energy and transport systems, problems with segregation, and the urban-rural relationship, are just a few challenges that urban and regional planning must respond to and manage in a long-term sustainable perspective. The programme offers training in urban and regional planning, with a focus on strategic planning. Core elements are identifying and managing planning issues within complex social, environmental and economic realities. This helps you develop skills in conducting studies, formulating strategies and coordinating overall planning at various levels of society. In line with LiU tradition, there is a close collaboration with public and private employers offering real-world learning opportunities. As a student you are able to specialise in your area of interest.
The programme prepares you for a professional career as a planning and environmental strategist, plan manager, overview planner, district developer, urban planner or external analyst. You will be qualified for positions in regional associations, county councils, various government agencies, private enterprises, and non-profit organisations. You will also qualify for doctoral studies.
Syllabus and course details
The programme runs over two years and encompasses 120 credits, including a thesis.
- Strategic urban and regional planning
- Planning and Public Administration
- Strategic planning of urban climate transitions
- Changed prerequisites for strategic urban and regional planning – Urbanisation and globalisation?
- Planning for the sustainable information society
- Strategic planning through regions and EU
- Research methods in strategic urban and regional planning
- Specialisation courses (covering 30 credits) or Studies Abroad
- Master’s Thesis
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