• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
This Nordic Urban Planning Studies programme from Roskilde University provides a unique opportunity to study such approaches to planning cities and urban life in a global context with leading researchers from Roskilde University (Denmark), Malmö (Sweden) and Tromsø (The Arctic University of Norway).


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.

By moving between three universities and countries, you will develop international and interdisciplinary perspectives on urban planning and development. On this Nordic Urban Planning Studies programme from Roskilde University 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.

This Nordic Urban Planning Studies programme from Roskilde University  is based across the three universities with opportunities to specialise at each. Core components are in Semester 1 (at Roskilde University) and Semester 3 (at Tromsø and Malmö Universities).  In Semester 2 you choose a track at any one university, while in Semester 4 you decide where to conduct your Master thesis. The programme leads to a joint degree from all three universities.


Nordic Urban Planning Studies 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 and regions, 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 (for example PhD studies).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Urban Studies
  • Approaches to Urban Planning
  • Urban Planning in a Welfare Context
  • Culture, Politics and Planning
  • Planning and Democracy
  • Arctic Cities

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Application deadline is January 15 – if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen that is required to pay tuition feesApplication deadline is March 1 – if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen that is not required to pay tuition fees

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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General Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree equivalent to a Danish bachelor's degree.
  • Specific admission requirements related to the relevant master’s programme.

You must have completed a bachelor’s degree relevant for the specific master’s programme. The Admissions Office will assess if the academic content of your educational background gives you the necessary qualifications required for admission to a specific master’s programme. This is based on an individual, academic assessment. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4350 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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If you are from an EU country, an EEA-country  or Switzerland, you are not required to pay tuition fee.

Living costs for Roskilde

  • 5500 - 8500 DKK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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