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Study Programme in Spatial Planning 180 cr

Partake in planning a future housing development or produce the strategies for a whole new shopping centre. Work out the best possible solution taking into consideration environmental aspects, the comfort of the residents and the investments of property owners or the municipality.

Societal Challenges

During the first two years of the programme, all students study together, after that you can choose between the two main areas: geography and spatial planning. In both main areas you will work on applications of current societal challenges.

Geography covers natural geography, such as landforms and natural hazards, as well as social geography, such as demography, housing markets and segregation issues, but particularly the relationship between natural geography and social geography.

Spatial planning encompasses the democratic process of planning as well as the creation of master plans, detailed plans and visual designs of living environments and citizen dialogue.

Practical skills and theoretical knowledge

The programme focuses on practical technical skills as they are in demand in the labour market. You will learn to use analysis, visualisation and risk assessment software needed for community building, such as geographic information systems (GIS).

Skills are interspersed with theoretical knowledge based on current research, so that the creation of new living environments is based on the challenges facing our society.

Some courses include field studies, such as teacher-led field trips and making your own inventories and observations of the relationships between people and the physical environment.

Application information


General entry requirements for higher education in Sweden and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School courses:

  • Mathematics 2a eller 2b eller 2c
  • Social studies 1 b eller 1a1+1a2


Form of study
Application *
Autumn semester 2024
Normal teaching
2024 - 2027

Number of participants: 35

Location: Gävle

Aplication code: HIG-19123

Language: Swedish

Pace: Full-time

Selection: Grade/Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test: 60/40 %

*) The online application at Antagning.se opens approximately one month before application deadline.


Programme Director

Janne Margrethe Karlsson

Högskolan i Gävle
Box 801 76 GÄVLE
026-64 85 00 (växel)