Master of Science in Environmental Management and Physical Planning


Program Description

The program focuses on environmental science and physical planning. It provides students with a systems perspective on environmental issues, focusing on planning processes, international and transboundary issues, and practical training in tools such as systems analysis. The program includes four compulsory courses and up to 30 credits optional courses, allowing students to individually profile their education. The program concludes with a thesis, of up to 60 credits. The four mandatory courses are:

  • Applied Environmental Modelling - provides students with an introduction to system thinking, systems analysis, and system dynamics
  • Case Studies of Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Environmental Management in Planning - investigates the roles of local and regional planning authorities and their work modes
  • International Environmental Issues - focuses on international and transboundary environmental issues

Members of the teaching staff are drawn from Stockholm University, KTH, and other universities, as well as from authorities, organizations, NGO´s and companies. This program is important for professions related to national and international environmental management by governmental agencies, municipalities, companies, and NGOs.

Windmill field Karsten Würth / Unsplash

Program structure

The two-year Master's Program consists of 120 credits

60 credits Mandatory advanced courses

0-30 credits Optional courses

30-60 credits Master thesis (mandatory)

Year 1 - Mandatory courses

  • Applied Environmental Modelling, 15 credits
  • Case Studies of Environmental Impact Assessments, 15 credits
  • Environmental Management in Planning, 15 credits
  • International Environmental Issues, 15 credits

Year 2 - Optional courses and master thesis

  • Optional courses, 0/15/30 credits
  • Degree project in Environmental Science and Physical Planning, 30/45/60 credits

The number of optional courses taken will be dependent on the period of time devoted to the Master thesis, which may extend over one or two terms.

Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest-ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top-quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.

Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the center of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.


Admission requirements

To be eligible for this program you must have knowledge corresponding to a Bachelor's degree in biology, biology-earth sciences, Earth sciences, geography, environmental sciences or urban and regional planning. Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6.


Grades of academic courses, motivation letter and the relevance of previous studies in relation to the program.

Application documentation specific for this program

In addition to the documents required by, the following documents must accompany all applications to this Master’s Program:

  1. Personal letter/Letter of interest (maximum one page)
  2. CV
  3. A brief summary of the grading system of your university (if other than ECTS). Provide an explanation of the grading scale.
  4. List your courses to indicate how you fulfill the specific requirements for the program.

If you are still studying for your Bachelor's degree when making the admission application then please write in the personal letter which courses and credits are yet to be completed.

How to apply and upload documents

Follow the instructions at on how to apply and how to submit your supporting documents. Please do not send any documents directly to the department.

Dates and deadlines

January 15 – Last date to apply for Master programs for all applicants

Application period: October 16 - January 15

Application process

All applications must be sent through The number of students admitted to each of our programs is limited and admission is granted on a competitive basis. Candidates will be selected by an admission committee.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

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