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

Programme - second cycle - 120 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2015

Programme Code:
SAURS revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Urbana studier, masterprogram
Date of establishment:
25 August 2014
Date of ratification:
14 January 2015
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2015
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
25 August 2014

Entry requirements

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


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.


Course list:

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.


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.