M.Sc. On Campus

Spatial Planning and Development

Umea University

24 months
4522 EUR/year
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Spatial planning is about improving peoples’ lives and planning for long-term sustainable societies. Today’s societal changes require multifaceted skills of tomorrow’s spatial planners. Do you want to develop your skills for qualified planning and investigation work? If so, the master’s program in Spatial Planning and Development at the Umea University is something for you.


Key facts

Spatial Planning and Development at the Umea University requires the ability to balance different interests. The education provides you the tools to make these considerations. You will learn to ask relevant and scientifically grounded questions about changes and trends in rural areas and cities, regions and nations.During the education you develop your skills in advanced quantitative and qualitative methods, such as geographic information systems (GIS) and interview techniques. They help you understand and analyse societal phenomenon. 

Choose between one or two-year master's degree

The program leads to a two-year master's degree in human geography with a specialization in spatial planning and development. After one year of study, there is an opportunity to take a one-year master's degree. The program is given in English.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human geography, planning and GIS
  • Growth and Welfare in Time and Space
  • Advanced Spatial Analys
  • Population and mobility/Magister thesis in Human Geography
  • Methods and Modelling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Basic requirements:A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university. Special Requirements: at least 90 ECTS-credits in Social Geography, Geography, Social Planning, Statistics, Economics, Sociology, Ethnology, Political Science, Economic History, Earth Science, Regional Science, Development Studies, Environmental Science, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or another Social Planning-related programme. 
  • Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4522 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4522 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Application fee SEK900 
  • Tuition fee, first instalment SEK46,500 
  • Total fee SEK186,000

Living costs for Umeå

7125 - 11770 SEK /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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