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

Summary

The programme engages with current intellectual and political concerns about urbanisation and urban spaces from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. Situated in core debates around these issues, the programme responds to current demands for training informed urban researchers and practitioners able to address urban challenges and potentials. It has a strong research basis and courses provide a number of novel and exciting dimensions.

In the first year, students will acquire an overview of the field of urban studies and its development. Students will then deepen their knowledge on current urban challenges in a global perspective as well as the growth of different urban conditions and forms. After this, students will hone their ability to investigate the relation between people's everyday lives and the physical forms of the city. At the end of the first year, an independent project is conducted.

During the second year, students will take elective courses amounting to 30 credits. To complete this part of the programme, students can choose to do international exchange 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 (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 aim of the programme is to deepen students' knowledge of urban studies, preparing them to participate in research or qualified urban development investigations. It is aimed towards those genuinely interested in cities, urban life and all expressions of urbanity. The way that methods and skills are taught in the programme makes the curriculum particularly suited for students who dare to explore and to experiment.

What is Urban Studies?

The field of urban studies involves interdisciplinary studies of urban areas' content, form, planning and development.

Students in the Western Harbour in Malmö

What will I learn?

You will learn about cities both as stable and slow-changing structures 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 expressed and constructed through everyday life and through the unplanned and spontaneous actions that contribute to its atmosphere and attraction.

A distinct characteristic of the programme is the multidisciplinary foundation with roots in social sciences, arts, architecture and planning. Training students to switch between and combine modes of reasoning in these different domains is a distinct quality. The approach includes the development of critical understandings of the roles of different actors and processes in the making of cities and urban spaces. Students are trained as experts in urban research and/or the identification of current urban challenges. Unpacking urbanity by applying varied – and at times unorthodox – methods is a key signature of the programme. An important starting point is that students must be able to follow their own interests where possible.

The education takes place in the heart of the Öresund region, an area offering an abundance of examples of global urban development issues.

The necessity of urban studies

Working with urban development has increasingly come to require an understanding of social and spatial processes, rather than viewing the city as a static physical entity. Urban studies provide such an understanding of contemporary urban development, planning and management strategies, based on broad and advanced expertise. This is important, since 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 creativity. Furthermore, 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' experiences.

Forms of teaching and academic structure

Theoretical studies are alternated with empirical field studies, conducted independently or in groups.

The programme is based on active student learning, and students are expected to contribute creatively and enthusiastically. Your experience of urbanity, ranging from everyday use 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 — both independently and in groups  — carry out studies of environments and contexts in the city and the region. You will present results in the form of texts, illustrations, oral presentations, sketches, maps and suggestions for concrete designs.

The programme is structured around core training in theory, methods and urban issues through common courses during the first year. Options in the third semester then allow students to choose either a route that connects more with practitioners, through relevant courses that address forms of practice, or one that provides experience of academic research through acting as an intern with a current project at the university. The fourth term will be devoted to essay writing and seminars on essay topics chosen by students.

Career opportunities

After completing your education, you will be qualified to work with questions of city development in many different types of organisations. This may involve working projects spanning across different sectors, from public authorities to companies. You might work as a researcher, coordinator or project leader. Your future employers may be found in businesses, public authorities and organisations working with 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.

For students applying in the Second Application Round, the supporting document must be uploaded to www.antagning.se by April 15.

To complete your application, follow the following steps:

 

  • create an account and apply to the programme via universityadmissions.se.
  • upload your documentation as a pdf on universityadmissions.se or send the document by post. You will need to demonstrate both a bachelor's 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.
  • the supporting document must be uploaded to www.universityadmissions.se by February 3. For students applying in the Second Application Round, the supporting document must be uploaded to www.antagning.se by April 15. Please observe that this date may differ from the deadline for submitting the rest of your documents.

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

Download the document to fill out here

For more information: please visit universityadmissions.se.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2020

Programme Code:
SAURS revision 6
Swedish name:
Urbana studier, masterprogram
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
25 August 2014
Date of ratification:
25 May 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020

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 for students to deepen their knowledge of urban studies, preparing them to participate in research or qualified urban development investigations.
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 hone their ability to critically examine and describe encounters between people's everyday lives 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 amounting to 30 credits. To complete this part of the programme, students can choose to do exchange studies at one of Malmö University's partner universities or take elective courses at the Department of Urban Studies at Malmo University. The second year concludes with a master's thesis (30 credits).

Content

Course list:

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
In order to receive a master's degree in Urban Studies, 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;
  • 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
In order to receive a master's degree in Urban Studies, the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability to critically, autonomously and creatively identify and formulate research questions in the main field of study (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, thereby contributing to the formation of knowledge as well as developing the ability to evaluate this work;
  • demonstrate the ability to critically, autonomously and creatively, together with others, identify and formulate issues in relation to current urban challenges;
  • demonstrate the ability, both nationally and internationally, to clearly report and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which these conclusions are based -in dialogue with different audiences both orally and in writing; and
  • demonstrate the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in another qualified capacity.
Judgement and approach
In order to receive a master's degree in Urban Studies, 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 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 personal needs for further knowledge and take responsibility for their 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 of Urban Studies.

Further information

Studentservice US - Malmö universitet,
Karin Grundström, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657285

For information on study guidance at Urban Studies.

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Application

31 August 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

31 August 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö Application code: mau-04111

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

Application deadline 15 April

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02 September 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

02 September 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

03 September 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK

03 September 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 90000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 180000 SEK