Sustainable Urban Management: One-year master programme

This programme is not offered.

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After completion of this programme you may work with leading urban development processes and will also be able to work across disciplines and organisational boundaries with issues of urban sustainability.

The programme provides you with theoretical perspectives on sustainable cities and tools for leading and managing urban development processes. The programme is developed in cooperation with external partner organisations. Students will look at case studies in Malmö and throughout the world to supplement learning.

The programme provides theoretical and practical knowledge for working in sustainable urban management. You will acquire in-depth knowledge of different aspects of environmental, economic and social sustainability and study how to integrate different perspectives in relation to real cases. In the programme you will also develop skills in managing projects and processes with multiple and diverse stakeholders.

Potential employers include municipal, regional or governmental agencies or the private sector in construction, real estate development, the energy sector or consultancy in sustainable urban development.

Admission requirements

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


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Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2014

Programme Code:
SASUM revision 7
Date of establishment:
18 November 2009
Date of ratification:
28 February 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
01 September 2014

Entry requirements

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


Evaluations and analysis of urban projects and case studies are pronounced elements in the education. Case studies, fieldwork and study visits form the basis for encounters and discussions with different specialists in sustainable urban development. Different educational and professional student backgrounds constitute an important resource in the education. The Autumn semester (September to January) contains one 30 credit fulltime course and the Spring semester (January to June) contains two fulltime 15 credit courses.

Sustainable Urban Development (30 credits) assess the concept of sustainable urban development, it’s theoretical basis and practical application, with the aim to create a profound understanding of sustainable urban development projects and processes. The course outlines the challenges and possibilities of urban areas and analyzes sustainability in relation to urban development projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The concept of sustainable urban development and its implementation in practice in Malmö and the Öresund region is introduced, analyzed and discussed.

Project and Process Management for Sustainable Urban Development (15 credits) deals with leadership, organization development and learning processes. Theories and tools for organizing and leading processes of change with a focus on sustainable urban development are introduced and assessed.

Thesis in Sustainable Urban Development (15 credits) is an advanced study in the field of Built Environment and is regarded as the degree project of the programme. Students identify and analyze a problem area of relevance to sustainable urban development.


Course list:

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

After the successful completion of the programme Sustainable Urban Management students will:

  • demonstrate the knowledge, ability and approach needed to independently work with sustainable urban development projects
  • demonstrate knowledge of the scientific basis of environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable urban development and have a comprehension of present research and practice within the field
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of sustainable urban development and a profound knowledge of sustainability and urbanization processes together with a profound knowledge of management processes that influence urban development

Skills and Competencies

After the successful completion of the programme Sustainable Urban Management students will be

able to:

  • critically and systematically identify, formulate and manage complexity in projects and processes of sustainable development
  • critically and constructively prepare, analyze and assess projects and processes for sustainable urban development
  • relate different theoretical perspectives of sustainable urban development to practical examples and compare the effect of different indicators of sustainability in evaluations of urban development projects
  • elaborate and motivate forms of collaboration between important stakeholders for the development of sustainable solutions in the urban environment
  • describe and discuss - both orally and in writing - conclusions, knowledge and arguments associated with the subject matter in dialogue with various parties

Judgement and Approach

After the successful completion of the programme Sustainable Urban Management students will be

able to:

  • show the ability to ethically relate her/his work to the different needs of society and various groups of people as well as to the interaction between people and the built environment
  • demonstrate insight and ability of teamwork and collaboration between groups of different composition and create motivation for strategies for sustainable urban development
  • identify their individual need for further knowledge and recognise the importance of continuous development of their competence


Master's degree (60 credits).

Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) with a Major in Built Environment.


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

Further information

Jonas Alwall, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657984