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Nordic Urban Planning Studies

Master (2 years) of Nordic Urban Planning Studies, 120 ECTS
Architecture, design and visual arts

Institution Roskilde University (RUC)
Campus Roskilde
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4350 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR

International perspectives on urban challenges and futures

Nordic urban planning has recently become the focus of intensified interest from urbanists worldwide who are seeking to learn from innovative approaches to sustainability, liveability, mobility, ‘smart’ cities, empowerment, welfare and more.

This programme provides a unique opportunity to study such approaches to planning cities and urban life in a global context with leading researchers from the universities of Roskilde (Denmark), Malmö (Sweden) and Tromsø (The Arctic University of Norway).

By moving between three universities and countries, you will develop international and interdisciplinary perspectives on urban planning and development. You will also become skilled at working collaboratively and imaginatively with diverse communities, organisations, companies and municipalities.

Through conducting your own research in groups and individually, you will become experienced in qualitative and creative methods as well as techniques of spatial visualisation and geographical information systems. You will further gain first-hand insights into planning problems and potential solutions.

For more information see also: Three universities - one programme

Programme structure

The programme is based across the three universities with opportunities to specialise at each. Core components are in Semester 1 (at Roskilde University) and Semester 3 (at Malmö University and University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway). In Semester 2 you choose a track at any one university, while in Semester 4 you decide where to conduct your Master thesis. The programme leads to a joint degree from all three universities.

Career opportunities

Nordic Urban Planning Studies qualifies you for a wide range of job opportunities. Graduates will be attractive for businesses, public authorities and organisations working nationally and internationally with cities and regions, including as:
  • Project leaders and entrepreneurs in urban consultancies
  • Managers, facilitators and coordinators of city development in international planning, design and consultancy companies 
  • Urban planners and social innovators for international organizations and NGOs
  • Urban planners for local, regional and national public authorities and municipalities
  • Advisory positions in public and private sector working to build urban futures 
  • Research positions, including within universities (for example PhD studies)

Academic staff

Academic staff Nordic Urban Planning Studies

Facts about the programme

Degree: Master of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in Nordic Urban Planning Studies. The degree is joint from all three universities, with potential to be awarded a double or triple degree depending on study programme followed.

Language of tuition: English


Get an overview of the admission requirements that you must fulfil in order to be considered for admission as a master's student:
How and where to apply

At RUC, you can also enrol as a guest student or as an exchange student:
Admission for Exchange Students
Admission for Guest Students

Tuition fees

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

Further Information

Application Deadlines

September entry (non-EU/EEA citizens)

Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01

September entry (EU/EEA citizens and tuition fee waivers)

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01


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