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Sustainable Urban Design

Programme overview

Making the world’s growing cities healthy, attractive and sustainable is an exceptional challenge. Lund University, located in the dynamic Copenhagen-Malmö region, is a global leader in balancing urban economic growth and environmental development and offers superb resources for studying the diverse aspects of sustainability and design. The Master’s programme in Sustainable Urban Design at the School of Architecture has a well-established reputation for developing humanistic modern design that promotes liveability, community building and social sustainability. Drawing on best practices and advanced research into urban form, urban quality and sustainability, the Master’s programme produces highly skilled professionals, capable of meeting the challenge of sustainable urban design as productive, successful individuals who are creative, insightful and intellectually skilled in their approach to the profession and their practice.

Theoretical learning is supported by hands-on projects aiming to find solutions to real-world issues. The programme features international collaboration workshops, where professionals and students from architecture, landscape architecture and urban design from around the world gather to discuss and design proposals for a given sustainable urban design challenge.

The objectives of the Master’s programme in Sustainable Urban Design are to: 

  • offer a broad education, covering the most important aspects of sustainability related to urban design;
  • provide students with the skills to manifest specific social, economic and environmental intentions in physical form through urban design. 

A highly ranked university

Lund University was founded in 1666 and for a number of years has been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. The Faculty of Engineering is home to approximately 800 international students every year, and has a total of approximately 9,600 students and 1,600 employees.