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

Start term: Autumn 2024 (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 study programme is tailored for you!

Students in Public planning for sustaiable development

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: 38681 SEK

Total fee: 77362 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 four multidisciplinary courses that focus on sustainable development from different perspectives: planning and future studies, comparative policy, sustainability theories and discourses, and practical field studies. You develop knowledge and insights on sustainable development, as a political and professional challenge, which contributes 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 will also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and abilities in formulating research problems of great relevance to different sustainability problems and how they can be motived and supported by previous research. This lays the ground for discussions about appropriate design and method strategies, which prepare for the coming courses on the second semester, which are thematic studies, focusing on how to do research overviews, 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 first semester includes the following courses: Sustainable Development in a Comparative Perspective, 7.5 credits; Sustainable Development as a Political and Professional Challenge, 7.5 credits; Planning for Sustainable Development in Practice, 7.5 credits; and Theoretical Perspectives on Sustainable Development, 7.5 credits. 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 2024

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

Application code ORU-M1400

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. 

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Study Advisor: Bitte Söderberg Roth

Phone: +46 19 303000 (switchboard)

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