MSc Urban Management & Development

IHS Erasmus University Rotterdam

Master's degree, Scholarship
20.09.2021 - 31.08.2022

About the Programme

The MSc in Urban Management and Development is a 12-month English-taught multidisciplinary programme offered in six specialisation master tracks. This structure allows IHS students to specialise within their chosen field whilst benefiting from a broader understanding of urban management offered at IHS. Cities are in a constant state of unprecedented change. Between now and 2030, urban areas are expected to triple in surface and by 2050, 68% of the population will reside in cities. Population movements of this scale create multi-level physical, economic, environmental and social challenges. To remain sustainable, liveable and competitive cities need urban managers who are well-trained in policy development and good governance. The MSc programme focuses on socio-spatial dynamics in planning, climate resilience, local economic innovation, housing from a human rights and gender perspective, sustainability and green cities (infrastructure, energy and water), land law and finance, and regenerative natural resource management. The MSc is designed to equip students with the skills to solve contemporary urban issues in their countries through progressive policy-making. A key feature of the programme is the use of comparative methodologies to discuss urban issues, policies and trends from around the world. What specialisations are offered? Within this Master programme, participants can choose among the following six specialisation tracks: - Urban Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change []( - Strategic Urban Planning & Policies []( - Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice []( - Infrastructure and Green Cities []( - Land Management: Law, Finance, Real Estate & Natural Resources []( - Urban Economic Development: Innovation and Entrepreneurship []( How is your year organised? In the first block the programme shares courses on urban sustainability, governance, planning, policy, finance and data analytics with the other specialisation tracks. However, your assignments with the modules as well as the action planning workshop are always track-specific. In the second and third blocks, your courses will only be track-specific but all students also follow a course on GIS. In addition, the programme will strengthen your research skills through research methods courses and workshops. It will further guide you in writing your thesis proposal on a topic relevant to your specialisation track. The forth block will be entirely dedicated to you writing your thesis. Why study at IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam? - Earn your MSc degree from a top 100 university - Our teaching methods are unique - You apply everything you learn - no dry theory - We offer a truly international and diverse environment - Study in Rotterdam - a hub of sustainable urban innovation - Enjoy guest lecturers from UN-Habitat and other key stakeholders in the urban field More information about the programme and each of the specialisation tracks can be found here: What are the scholarship opportunities? Apart from self-funding, there is a possibility to apply for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) - a full scholarship available for professionals working in (urban) development from 53 countries offered by Nuffic. Deadline: 28 Feb 2021 More information: [](

Who's Coming

Fresh graduates and working professionals with one of the following backgrounds: - Architecture - Civil Engineering - Development Studies - Economics - Environmental Engineering - Environmental Science - Geography - Infrastructure - Natural resources - Political Science - Public Administration - Real Estate - Social Science - Urban studies - Law - Housing - Governance - Urban planning

About You

We welcome applications from prospective students with a wide variety of backgrounds, all related to the field of urban management and development. Each application is considered carefully, taking the individual potential of the applicant into account. Before you start your application, please read the application procedure and admissions information carefully. The requirements and the procedure apply to all six specialisation tracks. For more detailed information on the admission requirements, please refer to the IHS website: [](



About Us

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an education, advisory and research institute part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. For 60 years, it has been our mission to develop human and institutional capacities, to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities.


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