Master Programme in European Spatial Planning and Regional Development

Blekinge Institute of Technology

Program Description

Master Programme in European Spatial Planning and Regional Development

Blekinge Institute of Technology

Master Programme in European Spatial Planning and Regional Development

The importance of the European Union within the fields of planning and regional development has increased. The European Spatial Planning and Regional Development programme is a problem-based education covering fundamental subjects of European spatial planning and regional development, such as governance, innovation, economic development and sustainable development. The programme rests on two, interconnected pillars within the field of European spatial planning and regional development: economic, social and territorial cohesion as well as sustainable development. These two pillars reflect the policy and practice of the European level in the courses and the structure of the programme. The focus of the programme is on the European level and on skills and abilities that are applicable and useful in professional live: the programme will give you experience of practical tools as well as policies and regulations. You will also become familiar with several European planning and development projects and get the chance to analyse and formulate concrete proposals the aim of which is to foster the development of a region. The programme is in English and for students from Sweden, Europe and the rest of the world. Education and tuition has a high priority and students and faculty have a close connection in an informal atmosphere throughout their educational period. In addition to qualified teachers and professors, you will encounter many international guest lecturers, such as Andreas Faludi and Stefanie Dühr, and individuals working within planning and regional development. This means that the connections to professional practice and to the latest research are good.

Learning outcomes

In addition to the national goals, which can be found in Appendix B, the following goals apply to this programme. After successfully completing the programme, the student should:

  • be able to demonstrate ability to critically and systematically analyse and integrate knowledge from subject areas, science fields and disciplines relevant for processing complex problems regarding spatial planning. Working with spatial planning requires an ability to tackle and evaluate situations and issues where information is limited.
  • be able to demonstrate ability to critically, individually and creatively identify and formulate questions in the field of spatial planning such as social, economic, democratic and aesthetical problems, as well as be able to use suitable methods for these areas to plan and carry through qualified tasks at a level that contributes to knowledge development in spatial planning.
  • be able to demonstrate ability to communicate and argue knowledge and conclusions in the field of spatial planning with groups and persons involved in spatial planning.
  • be able to demonstrate ability to make evaluations in regards to social, economic and environmental sustainability within the working field of spatial planning, based on available scientific knowledge.
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to pay regard to ethical aspects when working with people, institutions, organisations and associations affected by scientific and development work in spatial planning.

Mode of delivery

The programme is teaching intensive with an average of 3-4 lectures per week. Responsible for teaching are professors with research experience in the relevant areas. Furthermore, the courses include a number of seminars which give the students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in specific areas; in addition, the students will have the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge in a number of exercises or assignments. The first two semesters contain seven compulsory courses. For the third seminar, the students can freely choose courses either at BTH or at another university. The fourth semester is entirely dedicated to thesis writing.


  • At least a Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a minimum of 180 new Swedish credits (''högskolepoäng'')/180 ECTS (= three years) of study, in a technical, social sciences or natural sciences field that is relevant to European spatial planning and regional development.
  • or - At least a Bachelor's degree of 180 higher education credits and two years of documented work experience, amounting to at least 50 per cent of a full-time employment, of relevance for the education. Relevant work experience is defined as employment or profession where a significant part of the tasks have been investigative tasks, analytical tasks, research or education, dealing with comprehensive planning, development or regional issues, alternatively European issues.

In addition you have to fulfill the following English language requirements:

  • Applicants with international qualifications who do not have English as their native language
  • Specific eligibility in the English language from upper secondary school for non-Swedish students
  • TOEFL 575/90; IELTS 6.5 no section below 5.5, or University of Cambrige and Oxford tests.

Admission Criteria

If there are more qualified applicants than places on the programme a selection will be made. This is done in the following way. Selection method 4 according to BTH admission regulations is applied. This means that applications that meet the admissions requirements to the programme are ranked according to the method below. If all applicants with the lowest tariff cannot be offered place, preference is given to the minority gender, thereafter lots will be drawn. The first step of the assessment process consists of an assessment of how relevant the field and specialisation of the applicant’s prior degrees from a higher education institution or university are to specialisation of the programme applied for. The assessment is done in three categories: minimal relevance given the admission requirements = tariff 0, medium relevance = tariff 0.5, high relevance = tariff 1. Finally the applicant’s TOEFL and IELTS levels in English are standardized to a tariff between 0 and 1, where 0 is the minimal level for qualifying and 1 is the maximal level of the test. Appli-cants who are exempted from demonstrating their level of English through TOEFL/IELTS tests receive the tariff of 1. These two values are added together to a total tariff that may vary between 0 and 2.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 24, 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