Master of Science Programme in Spatial Planning with an emphasis on Urban Design in China and Europe

120 ECTS credits (start autumn-12)
This is the program for you who want to shape city spaces for people on the move with diverse backgrounds. The teaching is conducted in English and you will spend your time alternating between China and Europe. You should have a design oriented undergraduate education from a school of architecture, landscape architecture or urban/spatial planning. You are now aspiring to gain further knowledge about the public space: parks and squares, streets and markets, ordinary places as well as representative plazas. The focus is on common interests that lie within the responsibility of the city authority, with respectful relations to private property owners and business operators.

Overview

Profile - General Content

Professions dealing with town planning, city development and urban design are increasingly working on an international scene. Spatial planners, landscape architects and urbanists can participate in design projects on several continents simultaneously. The great design projects encompass people from various professions and different countries. Thus evolves a notion that experience and knowledge is no longer developed within a national context. A deeper inter-cultural understanding seems necessary. Professional work within the subjects of town planning, city development and urban design is increasingly complex and demands a multi-disciplinary attitude. Migration, move ability, integration issues and climate change are examples of the complex challenges posed. The joint Master’s programme at Blekinge Institute of Technology(BTH) och Nanjing Forestry University, College of Landscape Architecture (NJFU) strives to address the issues that meet a contemporary design profession. The education emanates from the design professions where focus is on action and intervention meeting an academic, critical analysis. The result of this interaction is tangible proposals for change of public space and common environment. During the courses practically oriented design tasks are intertwined with tutoring in studios or at a site. Lectures and seminars and are running in parallel with project work. Courses in the range of 3 to 15 European Credits are finalized with a diploma work of 30 EC. This is a combination of written background and design proposal.

Qualification Awarded

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits)
Main field of study: Spatial Planning.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2014-May-26

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Spatial Planning

Programme syllabus

Programme manager

Links

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 200000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
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Number of seats

30

Admission

Prerequisites

* Bachelor’s Degree or relevant education of 180 European credit points (three academic years) in a subject of Spatial or urban planning, landscape planning, architecture, geography * English proficiency “B” or the equivalent.

Read about general admission requirements for second cycle.

Admission Criteria

Admission Procedure

Read about the admission procedure.

Recognition of prior studies and studies abroad

Student who has been admitted to the programme and has earlier completed a course that corresponds to a course within the programme, can apply for recognition of prior studies. If possible, the student will be offered admission to an alternative course. Studies abroad within the programme can normally be partly or fully recognised. In these cases a decision is made via the Learning Agreement, prior the study period.

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Practical Information

Practical information is found under 'Prospective students'.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2014-May-26

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Spatial Planning

Programme syllabus

Programme manager

Links

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 200000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

30

Learning Outcomes

Profile - General Content

Professions dealing with town planning, city development and urban design are increasingly working on an international scene. Spatial planners, landscape architects and urbanists can participate in design projects on several continents simultaneously. The great design projects encompass people from various professions and different countries. Thus evolves a notion that experience and knowledge is no longer developed within a national context. A deeper inter-cultural understanding seems necessary. Professional work within the subjects of town planning, city development and urban design is increasingly complex and demands a multi-disciplinary attitude. Migration, move ability, integration issues and climate change are examples of the complex challenges posed. The joint Master’s programme at Blekinge Institute of Technology(BTH) och Nanjing Forestry University, College of Landscape Architecture (NJFU) strives to address the issues that meet a contemporary design profession. The education emanates from the design professions where focus is on action and intervention meeting an academic, critical analysis. The result of this interaction is tangible proposals for change of public space and common environment. During the courses practically oriented design tasks are intertwined with tutoring in studios or at a site. Lectures and seminars and are running in parallel with project work. Courses in the range of 3 to 15 European Credits are finalized with a diploma work of 30 EC. This is a combination of written background and design proposal.

Learning outcomes

In addition to national qualitative targets the following applies to the Programme. To be eligible for a master’s degree in urban design, the student shall demonstrate such knowledge and skills that are needed in order to work within the profession. Knowledge and understanding of the academic basis for urban design and informed knowledge of research and development, Deeper knowledge and understanding of urban design theory and the historical development of public space. Deeper knowledge and understanding of the relations between stakeholders influencing and involved in city development and town planning.
Skills and abilities for master’s degree in urban design the student shall demonstrate ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge from relevant subject areas in order to analyze, and assess and manage complex issues related to planning and design of public space. Demonstrate ability to develop appropriate planning proposals for public space, comprehensively and in detail, and be able to critically evaluate them.
Judgement and approach for master’s degree in urban design the student shall show insight into public and private interaction concerning town planning and urban development. Show ability to assess man’s relation to and use of the built environment from various aspects like scientific, social economical, aesthetical, environmental and ethical. Show insight into collaborative planning, citizen participation and social movements that influence city development and planning processes. Show ability to identify the need for further knowledge and concurrently inform herself/himself about emerging practices to develop competence.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2014-May-26

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Spatial Planning

Programme syllabus

Programme manager

Links

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 200000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

30

Structure

Mode of delivery

The Master’s programme in Urban design is a professional education. The student’s knowledge deepens by training in successively more complex urban design tasks. The main field of study is Spatial planning. Basic approaches to planning processes and design methods are applied on the public space with ever more complex functions and demands. During the course the students are progressively expected to identify problems, to conduct original research and to find alternative means of solutions. The student’s ability to critically reflect on and evaluate his/her own work is trained, as well as capacity to anticipate how various stakeholders might respond to a proposal. Through the cooperation with NJFU, the view on public space in different cultures is studied. Teaching is conducted in English language.

NOTE! It is the start term of the course that is stated below. See each course to find out the actual length of the course.
 

Courses autumn semester 2012

Compulsory courses

Introduction Urban Design, 3 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The course aims to give the student the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the concept of place, place’s importance to the urban life and the individual place’s relationship to and importance for the city in a wider sense. The course introduces an architectural conception as well as a sociological perspective on the concept of place.

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Urban Design 1, Life in Public Space., 15 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The course aims to give the student the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of big city urban planning problems at two main levels: the district level and that of the public realm. The course gives the student the opportunity to develop in-depth skills in the production of plan proposals. The course aims to develop observation skills and analysis together with training in design and material science.

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Design theory / Design tools, 4 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The course aims to give the student the opportunity
to develop a deeper understanding of the
relationship between theory and practice within the
design discipline. It will teach the student some
general design strategies for quickly producing
solutions to problems in the physical urban
environment.

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Urban theory perspectives., 4 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The objective of the course is to introduce urban theoretical perspectives aimed at promoting a research approach to the various forces and actors that influence, shape and are operating in the public realm. Students are offered the opportunity to develop an understanding of how these forces and actors influence the realm that the planner and architect operate in. The perspective is multidisciplinary. The course also encourages the student to take the opportunity to go beyond its presentation of theory, perspective and approaches to independently search for theoretical starting points to the investigative elements that are part of the program’s design tasks.

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Art, Architecture and Planning from a European perspective, 4 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
In this course the student will receive an in-depth understanding of European cultural heritage as it is reflected in art, architecture and planning. Understanding is sought in tandem with other cultural and social developments. The aim of the course is to provide insight into various European perceptions of the city's identity.

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Courses spring semester 2013

Compulsory courses

Dilemmas of the sustainable city, 10 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is to provide the student with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the different aspects and processes of sustainability with a focus on social condition. Based on experiences from working with sustainability on a local level, the student is given a chance to develop knowledge, methods and guidance that can be used in planning and building of sustainable urban environments

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Research design, research methods, 5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is to prepare the student for work with a master’s thesis or diploma work. Focus is aimed at forming a problem, research and writing, which constitutes a part of the scientific approach to an analytical task or a planning project.

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Courses spring semester 2014

Compulsory courses

Master's Thesis ( 120 credits ) in Spatial Planning with an emphasis on Urban Design in China and Europe, 30 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is to let the students demonstrate their capacity to carry out an independent complex research or design task by applying knowledge and skills attained during the studies in urban design.

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Written Work

The programme ends with a written/designrelated exam project (thesis) corresponding to 30 hp.

International element

As an mandatory part of the programme, students are required to study 2 semesters in China

Read about study abroad

Job Profiles

The Program will give you skills to use in work with complex planning and design tasks in collaboration with decision makers and citizens. You will learn to cooperate with various specialists within fields like engineering, environmental science, cultural science, architecture etc.The education is of particular interest for students who wish to work internationally.

Further Studies

Graduates from the programme can generally apply to study further on the research level in the areas of: spatial planning

Programme Advisory Board

The programme has a Programme Advisory Board to ensure that the graduates’ employability is high for the targeted job market.
The Programme Advisory Board consists of representatives of students, alumni and teachers as well as external representative(s).
The Programme Advisory Board meets 2 times per year.
Contact person for the Programme Advisory Board is: Abdellah Abarkan

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2014-May-26

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Spatial Planning

Programme syllabus

Programme manager

Links

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 200000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

30

Examination

Qualification Awarded

Degree of Master of Science (120 credits)
Main field of study: Spatial Planning.

Assessment and grading

Assessment and grading vary between the courses in the programme. Information can be found for each course

Programme Evaluations

The programme is evaluated by students annually and each term. The courses on the programme are also evaluated separately after the end of each course.
The students input is used to improve the programme.

Alumni

The programme recently started and has not yet any alumni.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Welcome letter

Programme period

2012-September-03 until
2014-May-26

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

The teaching language is English.

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Spatial Planning

Programme syllabus

Programme manager

Links

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 200000 SEK
First payment: 50000 SEK
Read more

Number of seats

30

 

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