Joint Masters Programme in European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies and Regional Development

Blekinge Institute of Technology

Program Description

Joint Masters Programme in European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies and Regional Development

Blekinge Institute of Technology

Joint Masters Programme in European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies and Regional Development

The influence of EU policies and actions on spatial and environmental planning in the EU member states is ever increasing. European regions are more and more interlinked, and cooperation across national borders is now a routine aspect of the work of spatial and environmental planners. There are considerable differences in how planning is conducted across Europe, and planners are increasingly required to communicate across cultural and institutional boundaries. This European dimension of planning requires a new generation of spatial and environmental planners, who are aware of and can respond to as well as influence EU and international policy, are sensitive to cultural and institutional differences across Europe, and are capable to cooperate with spatial planners in other European countries.

The Joint Masters Programme in European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies and Regional Development (‘PLANET Europe’) is the first integrated European Masters programme that offers a comprehensive education in the rich and dynamic area of European spatial planning. PLANET Europe gives students from all over the world the opportunity to acquire important skills and knowledge in European spatial planning, while at the same time benefiting from Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity.

Learning outcomes

In addition the nationally regulated goals, which can be found in paragraph 8, the following goals apply for the education.

After completion of the programme the student will:

  • be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and a theoretical understanding about the European dimension of planning, as well as the role EU policy and regulations play for planning and regional development in European countries and regions.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding about planning for Europe (on the EU-level) and about the differences in planning systems and practice in different European countries.
  • be able to show a theoretical understanding about planning and EU policy in the field of regional development, innovation and cohesion.
  • be able to demonstrate methodological skills, in particular to be able to undertake independent study of European planning and/or regional development.
  • be able to show experience from and a theory-based reflection of planning practice in the field.
  • be able to demonstrate an insight into the possibilities and limitations of planning in the subject field and continued professional practice.
  • command an ability for critical analysis of planning documents.

Mode of delivery

The students are expected to study full time during two academic years. The courses in semester 1 and 2 are on campus and in English. The courses in semester 3 are based in professional practice and as an intensive seminar programme at a selected European location. The Master thesis in semester 4 can, subject to agreement with the supervisors, be studied as a distance course.

The objectives of the program are achieved through the courses included in the exam. Assessment and grading are done at module level and details concerning assessment and grading is available in each course syllabus.

During the education each course is evaluated, and the course evaluations are the foundation for continued development.


If you wish to enrol in the PLANET Europe programme, you should meet the following requirements:

  • At least a bachelor degree (first cycle) in spatially oriented social science disciplines such as spatial planning, human or economic geography, environmental planning, or other relevant social sciences.
  • English language proficiency: If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide proof of English language competency, for example a GCSE or equivalent qualification, a first degree at a University where English is the language of the education programme, IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Cambridge EFL examination, or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

The programme accepts the following scores for English language tests:

  • IELTS: If you take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), you need to score an overall minimum test score of 6.5,with all sub-scores equaling a 5.5 score or above.
  • CAE/CPE: For the Cambridge English as a First Language examination (EFL), you should have a Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a minimum score of B or a Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a minimum score of C.
  • TOEFL: For the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) PLANET Europe requires a minimum test score of 90 for the internet-based test. Due to regulations we cannot accept computer-based or paper-based TOEFL tests. For the internet based TOEFL test, we furthermore require all sub-scores equalling the following or above: Listening (21), Speaking (23), Reading (22), Writing (21)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 10, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
200,000 SEK
Start date Aug. 2017
Sweden Karlskrona
Application deadline Request Info
End date May 28, 2018
Duration 2 years
Price 200,000 SEK
- Non EU/EAA students