second cycle 120 credits

Urban Studies, Master's Programme (Two-Year)

Summary

The aim of the programme is to deepen students knowledge of Urban Studies to be able to participate in research or qualified urban development investigations.
In the first year you will acquire an overview of the field of Urban Studies and its development. Students will then deepen their knowledge about current urban challenges in a global perspective as well as the growth of different urban conditions and forms. After this, you will deepen your abililty to critically examine and describe the encounter between people's everyday life and the physical forms of the city. At the end of the first year an independent project is conducted.
During the second year you will take elective courses of 30 credits. To complete this part of the programme you can choose to do international studies at one of Malmö University's partner universities or take elective courses at the Department of Urban Studies. The second year concludes with a Master's Thesis of 30 credits.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of English B/ English 6 in Swedish secondary school.

Selection:

Applicants are selected in order according to precedence from submitted three-part supporting document.

Note
There are specific instructions regarding eligibility or selection on the next tab on this page, called Selection. Please, make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly!

About

The programme offers you the broad theoretical perspectives of urban studies on cities and regions. It aims towards you who are genuinely interested in cities, urban life and all expressions of urbanity.

What is Urban Studies?

The subject of urban studies involves interdisciplinary studies of urban areas content, form, planning and development. Urban Studies offers theoretical and academic perspectives on the developments in cities and the environmental changes that surrounds us.

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What will I learn?

You will learn about cities both as stable and slow-changing structures of buildings, streets, cables and pipelines, and as dynamically crossing flows of people and goods. You will also learn about urban visions, programmes and plans and the various processes and projects that shape them. In addition, you will learn that the city is largely expressed through its everyday life and through the unplanned and spontaneous actions that contribute to its atmosphere and attraction.

Theoretical studies are combined with independent case studies about complex urban phenomena. The case studies are organised with agencies, organisations and companies. You will have plenty of opportunities to apply your theoretical knowledge in case studies dealing with urban situations and problems. The education takes place in the midst of the Öresund region, which offers an abundance of examples and issues reflecting global urban development.

The necessity of Urban Studies

Understanding contemporary urban development, planning and management strategies requires a broad and advanced expertise in social and spatial processes.

Working with urban development has increasingly come to require understanding forms of mobility and shifts over time, a perspective quite different from viewing the city as a static physical entity. Projects that consciously deal with time, experiments and development processes question results of planning in the form of specific products and thus leave more space for spontaneity and initiated processes. Participatory processes involving wider and alternate groups in society open up possibilities for deepening democracy and increasing equality, not least by making use of everyday users' experience. The programme emphasises boundary-crossing work methods, answering to the need for intersectoral and interdisciplinary competence in the field of urban studies.

Forms of teaching and academic structure

The programme is based on student-active learning which expects you to contribute actively and enthusiastically. Your experience of urbanity – ranging from everyday practicalities to academic studies – forms an important starting point for the programme.

You will present, comment and discuss your work and be the critic of your fellow students work. You will – independently and in groups – carry out studies of environments and contexts in the city and the region. You will also present the results of your studies in the form of texts and illustrations, oral presentations as well as sketches for solving problems in the form of schedules and suggestions for concrete designs.

The Urban Studies research field comprises a set of methods that you as a student will face from the very beginning. Theoretical studies will alternate with empirical field studies, made independently or in groups. Basic knowledge about the complex processes involved in the organisation, planning and administration of cities and urban regions form an important part of the programme.

The teaching also covers several geographical levels – from the local to the global – and their mutual influence. Urban actors' varying power and possibilities to influence the development are emphasised.

During the first two terms, the focus is on discovering and understanding the city as a range of phenomena where humanities and social science perspectives – with a strong emphasis on space, flow and rhythm – play an important role. During the second year, you will be offered in-depth and specialisation studies. The third semester you can spend either on an elective international programme with relevance to urban studies or attend one of the elective courses at Malmö University. The fourth term will be devoted to essay-writing and seminars focusing on the essay topics chosen by yourself and your fellow students.

Career opportunities

After completing your education you can work across organisation boundaries with management and coordination of city development. This may involve working in projects and processes with tasks spanning across different sectors in public authorities and in companies, for instance as researcher, coordinator and project leader. Your future employers may be found in businesses, public authorities and organisations working with aspects of buildings, cities and regions.

The master’s programme also provides a solid basis for PhD studies.

 

Interviews

Selection

Once you have completed your application with your academic credentials and English proficiency, you also need to submit a supporting document by the last application date: 18 April for national students.

Please note that supporting documents submitted after this date will not be accepted.

To complete your application, follow the steps below

  1. Create an account and apply to the programme via antagning.se.
  2. Upload your documentation as a pdf on antagning.se or send via post. You will need to show both a bachelor degree and English proficiency to be considered eligible for the programme. Applicants in their final year, who will receive their diploma before the programme starts, can also apply but must follow specific instructions.
  3. The Supporting document must be uploaded to antagning.se by the last application date. Please observe that this date may differ from the rest of your documents.

Please fill out the form below. Applicants cannot use documents from other universities. 

Download the document to fill in here

For more information: please visit antagning.se

Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017

Programme Code:
SAURS revision 3
Swedish name:
Urbana studier, masterprogram
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
25 August 2014
Date of ratification:
15 January 2015
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
28 August 2017

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of English B/ English 6 in Swedish secondary school.

Organisation

The aim of the programme is that students should deepen their knowledge of Urban Studies to be able to participate in research or qualified urban development reports.
In the first year students will acquire an overview of the field of Urban Studies and its development. Students will then deepen their knowledge about current urban challenges in a global perspective as well as the growth of different urban conditions and forms. After this, students will deepen their abililty to critically examine and describe the encounter between people's everyday life and the physical forms of the city. At the end of the first year an independent project is conducted.
During the second year students take elective courses of 30 credits. To complete this part of the programme they can choose to do international studies at one of Malmö University's/Urban Studies' partner universities or take elective courses at the Department of Urban Studies and Malmo University. The second year concludes with a Master's Thesis of 30 credits.

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2017:
Autumn 2017 - Semester 1
Spring 2018 - Semester 2
Autumn 2018 - Semester 3
Spring 2019 - Semester 4

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study Urban Studies, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the global challenges associated with urban development, and
  • demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study Urban Studies.
Competence and skills
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall
  • demonstrate the ability to critically, autonomously and creatively identify and formulate issues in the main field of studies Urban Studies,
  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
  • demonstrate the ability to critically, autonomously and creatively, together with societal actors, identify and formulate issues in relation to current urban challenges,
  • demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity
Judgement and approach
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall
  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study Urban Studies informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.

Degree

Master's Degree (120 credits).

Degree of Master of Science (120 Credits) with a Major in Urban Studies

Other Information

Each individual syllabus contains the entry requirements for advancing in the programme.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Urban Studies.

Further information

Ola Püschel, Career Service
Phone: 040-66 58199
Åse Falk, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-66 58039
Per-Markku Ristilammi, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-66 57356

Application

28 August 2017 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

28 August 2017 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 15 March 2017.

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

29 August 2016 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

31 August 2015 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

31 August 2015 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

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