Master's Programme in Sustainable Urban Design

Lund University

Program Description

Master's Programme in Sustainable Urban Design

Lund University

Programme overview

Making the world’s growing cities healthy, attractive and sustainable is an exceptional challenge. Lund University, located in the dynamic Copenhagen-Malmö region, is a global leader in balancing urban economic growth and environmental development and offers superb resources for studying the diverse aspects of sustainability and design.

The Master's Programme in Sustainable Urban Design at the School of Architecture has a well-established reputation for developing humanistic modern design that promotes liveability, community building and social sustainability. Drawing on best practices and advanced research into urban form, urban quality and sustainability, the Master’s programme produces highly skilled professionals, capable of meeting the challenge of sustainable urban design as productive, successful individuals who are creative, insightful and intellectually skilled in their approach to the profession and their practice.

Theoretical learning is supported by hands-on projects aiming to find solutions to real-world issues. The programme features international collaboration workshops, where professionals and students from architecture, landscape architecture and urban design from around the world gather to discuss and design proposals for a given sustainable urban design challenge.

In addition to the taught courses, all of our students undertake a research project for their Master’s thesis. The project can be academic in nature, or developed within industry, and can be carried out either in Lund or abroad. Examples of companies where students have performed their degree projects include EFLA Consulting Engineers (Iceland) and Sweco Architects (Sweden).

The objectives of the Master’s programme in Sustainable Urban Design are to:

  • offer a broad education, covering the most important aspects of sustainability related to urban design,
  • provide students with the skills to manifest specific social, economic and environmental intentions in physical form through urban design.

Career prospects

After graduating from the programme you will have the necessary skills to practise as an urban designer with particular expertise in sustainable urban design. Our graduates are highly sought after on the global job market, and most find positions either in architect offices, government organisations or in further studies at PhD level. The programme’s close ties to professionals active in the field, and to the industry as a whole, mean that our students are given the opportunity to build a strong initial network that can help in kick-starting their careers.

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Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Ranking 2016/2017, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund - a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated October 17, 2016
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Sept. 2017
2 years
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Sweden Lund
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