Programme content and structure

The Bachelor's Programme in Urban and Regional Planning (SPP) gives students both broad and deep knowledge of planning and its conditions. The multidisciplinary programme has a social and humanistic perspective, i.e. social, economic and physical aspects of planning are integrated. The programme is project-oriented and emphasis is placed on team work, report-writing and analyses. Fieldwork and excursions give students the opportunity to study planning problems and solutions in real situations. In semesters 1–2, students take Urban and Regional Planning I and II. In semester 3, students study Economics I or Statistics I, and in semester 4 and 5 courses in archaeology, earth science, economic history, economics, environmental management, ethnology, human geography, political science, sociology, statistics or urban and regional planning. In semester 6, students take Urban and Regional Planning III, including a degree project. 

Language of instruction is Swedish.

Purpose and learning objectives

The programme includes:

  • knowledge and understanding in urban and regional planning and understanding of applicable methodologies in urban and regional planning.
  • ability to search for, gather, evaluate and critically interpret the relevant information for a formulated problem and also discuss phenomena, issues and situations critically.
  • ability to identify, formulate and solve problems.
  • ability to present and discuss information, problems and solutions.
  • ability to identify the need for further knowledge and ongoing learning.

Core courses

Urban and Regional Planning I, 30 HECs, semester 1:

  • 1.1 Planning Prerequisites: Planning, Plans, Planners, 1 HEC
  • 1.2 Planning Prerequisites: Cities and Urban Life, 4 HECs
  • 1.3 Planning Prerequisites: Population, 3 HECs
  • 1.4 Planning Prerequisites: Cultural Landscape Development, 5 HECs
  • 1.5 Planning Prerequisites: Applications, 2 HECs
  • 2. Planning and Sustainable Development, 7.5 HECs
  • 3. Geographical Data, 7.5 HECs

Urban and Regional Planning II, 30 HECs, semester 2:

  • 1. Region, Politics and Governance, 5 HECs
  • 2. Planning Systems and Planning Instruments, 5 HECs
  • 3. Natural Environment and Cultural Heritage, 5 HECs
  • 4. Scientific Approaches, Sources and Methods, 8 HECs
  • 5. Essay in Urban and Regional Planning, 7 HECs

Urban and Regional Planning III, 30 HECs, semester 6:

  • 1. Social Science Theory and Method – Focus Planning, 7.5 HECs
  • 2. Urban Planning and European Cities, 7.5 HECs (optional)
  • 2. Challenges of Planning in the Global South – Focus Africa, 7.5 HECs (optional)
  • 3. Bachelor´s Thesis in Urban and Regional Planning, 15 HECs

Degree and career options

The programme in urban and regional planning leads to a B.Sc. and gives eligibility to the Master’s level in urban and regional planning and other Masters’ programmes. The job market for planners is good and work tasks for urban and regional planners can be found at all levels of society, in both the public sector (government offices, civil service, counties, municipalities etc) and the private sector and interest groups and lobby organizations.

Basic facts

Programme director Lecturer Anders Rickegård
Coordinating department The programme is hosted by the Department of Human Geography and run in cooperation with the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, the Department of Economic History and International Relations, the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, the Department of Economics, the Department of Physical Geography, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Statistics, and the Department of Political Science.
Name in English Bachelor's Programme in Urban and Regional Planning
Name in Swedish Samhällsplanerarprogrammet
Abbreviation SPP
Programme code SPLAK
Main field of study Urban and Regional Planning
Language of instruction Swedish
Credits 180 higher education credits
Pace percentage 100%, i.e. full-time
Delivery mode On campus
Study period Three academic years
Course start Autumn Semester, starting in late August or early September
Number of students 60 (accepted yearly; approximately)
Entrance requirements General entry requirements and Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics C and Social Studies A, or equivalent.
Selection The grade point average of your upper secondary school leaving certificate 67%, the Swedish national university aptitude test 33%.
Application See this programme in the University course catalogue.


If you have questions or need more information on the application procedure, programme content or practical details concerning your studies at Stockholm University, please do not hesitate to contact Study Counsellor Veronica Hohl.