ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The programme prepares professionals for the challenges of:

  • Enhancing national and regional competitiveness and innovation
  • Promoting regional equality and environmental sustainability
  • Critical reflection on fundamental concepts of European spatial planning
  • Mastering planning policies and tools for regional development

- by providing academic training, marketable skills and career-enhancing credentials, drawing on Swedish and European experience.

Interview with A student

Interview with Maria Bengtsson, (former) student on the programme.


Course details in short


The one-year, full-time graduate programme is conducted in English and includes the following courses:

  • European Integration (10 ECTS) - The aim of the course is to give a historical and theoretical overview of the European integration process, and to provide insights on the EU’s institutional structure, and give an overview of EU’s role in planning related issues.

  • European Cohesion and Spatial Planning  (10 ECTS) - The aim of the course is to provide students with the theoretical background that lays the ground for EU’s actions within regional planning and development, as well as to deepen their knowledge on how these perspectives affect the addressed problem areas.
  • Sustainable development  (10 ECTS) - The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge on the concept of sustainable development and how sustainability concerns are integrated or are conflicting with other policy areas.

  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS) - This constitutes 50% of the programme and involves the preparation of a Master's thesis under guidance of senior academic staff. The thesis topic is chosen by the student. Students are encouraged to choose topics especially relevant to their first (Bachelor's level) degree or their work experience. Subject to supervisor approval, it is also possible to undertake the Master's Thesis whilst doing an internship in a public authority, a company or an NGO. You can be based outside of Karlskrona when writing the thesis.

1 ECTS credit is equivalent to 1 Swedish higher education credit (högskolepoäng). 30 ECTS credits equals one semester of full time studies.


The two-year, full-time graduate programme is conducted in English and includes the following courses:

  • European Integration (10 ECTS) - The aim of the course is to give a historical and theoretical overview of the European integration process, and to provide insights on the EU’s institutional structure, and give an overview of EU’s role in planning related issues.

  • European Cohesion and Spatial Planning  (10 ECTS) - The aim of the course is to provide students with the theoretical background that lays the ground for EU’s actions within regional planning and development, as well as to deepen their knowledge on how these perspectives affect the addressed problem areas.
  • Sustainable development  (10 ECTS) - The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge on the concept of sustainable development and how sustainability concerns are integrated or are conflicting with other policy areas.

  • Research Methods  (5 ECTS) - The aim of the course is to give students knowledge on research methodology. Beside lectures and seminars, a number of workshops will be carried out giving students the opportunity to work with concrete questions and methods which they will later apply in their thesis writing.

  • Innovative regions – theory and practice  (10 ECTS) - The aim of the course is to give students knowledge on the role of innovation for economic development and factors that foster innovation in regions. During seminars, students will closely analyse a number of “innovative” regions to get an understanding of the concept of “innovative regions”. This will help students to understand that innovative regions differ according to their characteristics and sources to their innovative capacity.
  • Regional disparities – theory and practice  (10 ECTS) - The aim of the course is to give students knowledge that will allow them to apply different theoretical perspectives when analysing regional development and regional unbalances. The aim of the lectures is to present, analyse and discuss different theoretical perspectives, followed by seminars which will give the students the opportunity to apply the different perspectives in studying several selected European regions.

  • European cohesion policy (5 ECTS) - The aim of the course is to present different theoretical approaches to the European cohesion policy, but also knowledge on how these approaches are transformed into concrete policies. During the seminars, the students analyse how this cohesion policy is politically shaped and how it effects some of the EU Member States.

  • Optional courses (30 ECTS) - For the third seminar, the students can freely choose courses either at BTH or at another university.

  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS) - This constitutes 50% of the programme and involves the preparation of a Master's thesis under guidance of senior academic staff. The thesis topic is chosen by the student. Students are encouraged to choose topics especially relevant to their first (Bachelor's level) degree or their work experience. Subject to supervisor approval, it is also possible to undertake the Master's Thesis whilst doing an internship in a public authority, a company or an NGO. You can be based outside of Karlskrona when writing the thesis.

 

The European Spatial Planning Programme is arranged by Blekinge Institute of Technology in collaboration with Nordregio Academy

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