Master's Programme in Public Planning for Sustainable Development, 60 credits

Start term: Autumn 2020 (application period closed)

Would you like to develop skills and tools that enable you to contribute to a more sustainable society? If that is the case, this programme is tailored for you!

Specific entry requirements

A first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits of which at least 90 credits are for specialised study in one of the main fields of study human geography, sociology, political science, history, gender studies, media and communication studies or equivalent. The applicant must also have qualifications corresponding to the course "English 6" or "English B" from the Swedish Upper Secondary School.

Tuition fees

EU citizens

If you have citizenship in a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are NOT required to pay application or tuition fees.

Non - EU citizens

Tuition fee, first instalment: 33500 SEK

Total fee: 67000 SEK

The focus of the programme is sustainable development as a vital challenge to our society, which needs to be seriously addressed by government and public administration. The programme is a cooperation between human geography, political science and sociology and is a one-year Master's programme of 60 credits.

The first semester, you take multidisciplinary courses that focus on sustainable development as a political and professional challenge, and contribute to theoretical and empirical insights into the complexity of different environmental problems and their connection to social and economic dimensions. You will develop an understanding of how environmental problems are framed and how these frames impact on what strategies and solutions are chosen, as well as help explain why some problems are not handled at all.

You will also gain knowledge of what the role as a professional public official and planner can, and ought to, mean when working for a more sustainable society. Sustainable development is further described and analysed from a comparative perspective to give insights into why and how conditions, problem patterns and strategies vary around the world. In the courses, we problematise theoretical perspectives on sustainable development and apply theories in relation to concrete cases of sustainable planning. The methods of instruction are varied and include practical applications and problem-based learning (PBL).

During the second semester, you choose between three courses that are focused on sustainable development with a specialisation in either human geography, political science or sociology. These three courses start with a joint course module in method and analysis, which develops your insights and skills in methods and analyses of particular relevance to sustainable development. You practise your abilities and skills in operationalising by working with different sustainability indicators and by working creatively to develop new, alternative indicators. You will also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and abilities in traditional field studies. In addition, you will acquire knowledge and skills in forward-looking studies, like scenario techniques and prognosis. The second semester ends with thematic studies and an independent project.

Programme syllabus Master's Programme in Public Planning for Sustainable Development, 60 credits

This one-year Master's programme in public planning for sustainable development comprises 60 credits and leads to the Degree of Master (60 credits) with either human geography, sociology or political science as the main field of study. The programme opens with the course Sustainable Development as a Political and Professional Challenge, 7.5 credits, followed by the courses as they are listed in the section above. During the second semester, students take one of the 30 credit courses listed above, in a main field of study of their choice: human geography, political science or sociology. These courses include an independent project module of 15 credits which concludes the programme.

Specific entry requirements: A first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits of which at least 90 credits are for specialised study in one of the main fields of study human geography, sociology, political science, history, gender studies, media and communication studies or equivalent. The applicant must also have qualifications corresponding to the course "English 6" or "English B" from the Swedish Upper Secondary School.

First semester: Autumn semester 2020

Pace of study: Full Time

Level: Second Cycle

Study places: 10

Selection: Number of credits obtained no later than on the last application date

Study venue: Örebro

School: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Qualifications: Degree of Master of Arts/Science [60 credits]

Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.

Head of programme: Jan Olsson, Kristin Nellebo

The programme has a clear professional profile, which will enhance the employability as a public official, planner and manager in governments, administrations and other organisations for which sustainable development is a vital goal, nationally and internationally.

The programme also prepares students for doctoral programmes in one of the three main subjects of the programme.

This means a Bachelor degree with a main field of study. 

You apply through www.universityadmissions.se, you will find all information about the application process under the tab “Find out more”.

You can find information about different types of scholarships on www.studyinsweden.se.

We are sorry, but we cannot evaluate your eligibility before a complete application is made through www.universityadmissions.se.

Professors & Researchers - Master's Programme in Public Planning for Sustainable Development

Professors & Researchers

Master's Programme in Public Planning for Sustainable Development

Christopher Bengalie Kabah and Joachim Kouassi n Goran walking and talking

Örebro University as first choice

The two Master’s students express how they both knew early on that Örebro would be an influential stepping stone in their future. Joachim tells that it was an orientation advisor that first brought Örebro University to his attention.

“Afterwards, it was so clear for me that I wanted to study at Örebro, so much so that I applied only here.” Christopher based his decision for continued studies primarily on the Master’s programme description. Wanting to concentrate fully on his studies, he also applied for a scholarship.

“Örebro University already topped my shortlist, so the privilege of being awarded a scholarship simply confirmed my decision.”

Interactive lectures and lifetime friendships

Interactivity with professors and fellow students in lectures and seminars is a whole new experience.

“Professors here are very patient and try to approach students individually, which really helped me to perform to the best of my ability,” adds Christopher Bengalie Kabah.

Studying together with students of different nationalities is also a gratifying cultural experience. Christopher is from Liberia and Joachim is from the Ivory Coast, and at first, they were just fellow students. But after spending so much time studying together, they have become close friends.

“We will certainly be like a family after our time here at Örebro University,” says Joachim Kouassi n Goran.

A student-friendly, green Örebro

Both speak warmly of the lifestyle in Örebro. “Örebro is a very student-friendly town and everything here is so well organized,” says Christopher. He also relishes the campus’s closeness: “Everyone here rides a bike all year round. And you can refresh your mind during a study break by taking a walk in the nearby forest.”

On campus, Joachim Kouassi n Goran very much appreciates the University Library.

“The library is in a way at the core of my research projects. It is well-equipped, and I can find everything I need to support me in my studies, with literature that is always up-to-date. I find it inspirational and especially like the large glass front with its beautiful view of the natural surroundings.”


Christopher Bengalie Kabah and Joachim Kouassi n Goran sitting in front of Entréhuset

“My international studies were so rewarding for me – and my life.”

After graduation, both speak whole-heartedly of returning to their home countries to play an active role in their communities and contribute to the development of Africa.

“Based on what I have learned here in Örebro and the network which I have built up, I want to contribute to the development of the Ivory Coast and Africa.” says Joachim Kouassi n Goran about his future plans.

Christopher Bengalie Kabah shares his friend’s enthusiasm, “I believe Sweden to be a positive role model when it comes to sustainable development. My studies in Örebro have introduced new approaches to me, which I want to present and discuss with local politicians in Liberia. I not only recommend Örebro University, but I will also make it clear that my international studies were so rewarding for me and my life.”