Urban Sustainable Development

Master’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 16 000 SEK
First payment: 16 000 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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The course explores, from a broad geographical perspective, how people's daily lives and living environments are affected by the process of urban transformation and what impact it has on the urban environment and the pursuit of sustainable development.


The course adopts a broad geographical perspective on the process of urbanization. The course focuses partly on a deeper understanding of the underlying drivers of urban growth and its consequences, and partly on a description of the opportunities and challenges of todays and tomorrows urban landscapes are facing in achieving sustainable development.

The course is part of the Master’s Programme in Geography, the course is also offered as a freestanding course.


The teaching consists of:

  • lectures
  • project work
  • excursions
  • seminars and guest lectures

Language of instruction: English 

The teaching is carried out by dedicated teachers who are researchers in the field. The course has a strong research and labour market connection, which you as a student will benefit from.

Prerequisites and selection

Entry requirements

Bachelor of science (180 credits) within the main field of geography, human geography or physical geography. Students with comparable qualifications may, after evaluation, attend the course.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

Geographers often work with urban planning, environmental management or broader issues related to sustainable development, in Sweden or internationally. As a geographer, you may work on planning new public transport, roads, water supply or urban planning for climate change. Geographers can be found in business, government and international organizations.

Our former students work, for example, as environmental consultants, coordinators, urban planners and GIS consultants. You also have great opportunities to focus on the particular area you are interested in.


The Department of Earth Sciences' premises are located in central Gothenburg on Campus Medicinareberget. We are located in the Natrium building, which was inaugurated in 2023 and has state-of-the-art labs and lecture halls. Natrium brings together students and researchers in the Natural Science fields of Biology, Molecular biology, Chemistry, Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences and Conservation.

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Exchange opportunities

If you are studying Geography at the University of Gothenburg, there are good opportunities for exchange studies during your studies. This is often seen as a good asset when applying for jobs, as many jobs require international collaboration. We have over 100 agreements within Erasmus and other exchange programs with universities around the world, both within and outside Europe.