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The 12-month MSc in Urban Management and Development (UMD) is a multidisciplinary programme designed to equip students with the knowledge and the skills to become competent urban managers.

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typeregulier, post-initieel, 68 EC
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
The 12-month MSc in Urban Management and Development (UMD) is a multidisciplinary programme designed to equip students with the knowledge and the skills to become competent urban managers. It compares urban issues, policies and trends from local and international perspectives in different geographical contexts and social environments. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, discussions, games, online learning and group assignments students address questions such as: What are the dynamics of urban growth? How do you manage a city in a holistic way? How do you create urban land policies that reflect the New Urban Agenda? What are the theories that underpin good urban governance? Under what conditions are Public Private Partnerships (PPP) successful vehicles for urban development? What is the right way to assess a social policy in the view of a paradigm shift? How can local governments finance urban infrastructure? How does planning achieve inclusive development?
Together with its partners, IHS works at the forefront of urban development. Students benefit from this first-hand knowledge that IHS staff members bring to the classroom.
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Waarom aan de Erasmus?

  • Truly international environment.
  • Multidisciplinary approach.
  • Six specialisations.
  • Joint courses with partners from the public and private sector.
  • Challenging combination of academic research, practical workshops and case studies and educational training.
  • Access to an expansive network of graduates of IHS.
  • A solid base for a wide range of career opportunities.
  • Inspiring campus and study facilities in the heart of Europe.
  • MSc degree from a highly ranked university.


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specialisatie Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice (UHES)

Housing is a perpetual global challenge. Although shifting housing paradigms have been translated into policies and strategies the reality is that housing inequality and injustice persist.

UHES deals with the concept of equity in the housing process.
Students will learn how policies and institutions ensure people's
individual housing needs are fulfilled. Housing affordability, accessibility,
availability and adequacy will be explored in order to understand how
to create humane settlements that foster social, economic and spatial
integration and inclusion. While looking at social justice from a housing
perspective, students will critically reflect upon current approaches to
housing in relation to housing rights, slum upgrading and resettlement

specialisatie Urban Environment and Climate Change (UECC)

UECC provides up-to-date knowledge on how to develop and manage green, low carbon, resilient and adaptive cities and addresses the following key questions:

How can we achieve development that minimises the harm caused
by climate change induced disasters while maximising the local
development opportunities presented by a green, low carbon
and resilient urban growth? How are decisions made about which
adaptation, mitigation or green growth policies to implement?
What issues do municipalities face during the process of planning
for adaptation and mitigation? How do cities finance climate and
environmental interventions?

specialisatie Urban Strategies and Planning (USP)

USP reviews concepts & tools related to designing, presenting and implementing strategies that integrate social, environmental, economic, spatial, financial & institutional components of urban plans.

Urban Planning has moved away from comprehensive master plans that intended to control the spatial development of an entire territory, to more flexible strategic plans. At the same time, urban professionals face challenges such as the fast growing urban world population and cities with informal housing, social deprivation, economic decline and changing climatic circumstances. Contemporary strategic planning integrates more social and economic considerations into the physical and spatial dimensions of planning.

The specialization makes strong use of a case-based approach to ensure maximum learning from both theory and practice. The practical assignment focuses on the application of tools and conceptual knowledge, and allows a real-life experience of the complexity of urban issues by talking to stakeholders, visiting sites and observing the issues on the ground. The outcomes of the practical assignment will be presented to the stakeholders in Rotterdam.

specialisatie Urban Land Governance (ULG)

Since cities will continue to expand and densify for the following decades, increment in value will occur in almost every city in the world, therefore understanding LVC is central to managing cities.

The ULD specialization, is focused on land development issues in urban areas. It enables participants to understand and analyze land instruments that can shape cities and the socio-economic conditions of the inhabitants of a city through its economic, legal, financial and social dimensions. It exposes participants to the implications land instruments have on urban land markets, real estate markets, infrastructure development and finance, housing affordability and accessibility, green spaces and the provision of vital social amenities in cities.

Workshops are a central component of the specialization. The EQUIURBE game is a pedagogical game where participants have to devise a strategy combining various instruments to bring together cooperative and non-cooperative landowners in an area subject to urban sprawl. Participants will also participate in the West Plaza game where teams of government with different levels of information negotiate with real estate developers.

specialisatie Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR)

UCR is aimed at understanding the relationship between global and local economic development.

The UCR specialization shows that urban planning and management depends on an integrated knowledge of a city's local qualities (supply) and its position within regional and global systems (demand).

Based on large databases developed by the IHS UCR team and by applying GIS, UCINET, SPSS and STATA, the relationship between a city's local development and its relative global significance is explored. This leads to highly specific knowledge about a city's position, its global competitors and collaborators, how to improve a city's attractiveness, and especially how this knowledge can contribute to urban planning and urban design processes. A good understanding of competition within the global investment network will clear the path to smarter, more goal-directed and effective urban planning, urban design and policy-making.

Through this course participants will better understand the interdependency of globalization and urbanization processes, and how this relates to theories on urban competitiveness and urban resilience.

specialisatie Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure (MFUI)

The MFUI specialization provides hands-on expertise on how local governments can most efficiently provide, manage, finance and operate municipal infrastructure assets to help cities become greener.

The specialization is anchored on our Green City concept, which provides a framework to help cities become greener, more sustainable and competitive. The green city concept sees the city broadly composed of three elements (parts): the built environment (man-made physical structure also called here infrastructure), the natural and the anthropogenic (citizens). Decisions on infrastructure influence the other two parts and will affect the city's green performance, liveability and sustainability.

The specialization is oriented towards developed, transition and developing countries and focuses on the built environment part of a city covering the following infrastructure sectors: 1-Water and Sanitation (drinking water, wastewater, storm water & urban floods) and solid waste/circular economy, 2-Energy and Transport (electricity, renewable energy, green transport and green building). Finance instruments and governance approaches are exposed across these two sectors.


taal van onderwijs100% en
case study, literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, research project, excursion, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, workshop, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, self study, project, seminar
By the end of the programme participants will be able to operate as competent urban managers, capable of working in a complex multidisciplinary and multi-actor environment.
The cities of today are complex with interrelated economic, social, environmental and physical challenges which need to be balanced in the ever-changing urban environment. Contemporary cities need competent urban managers with skills in action and strategic planning, policy analysis, research methods and negotiation and communication to be able to integrate their knowledge within and manage the complex urban multidisciplinary environment.

Toelating en kosten


30 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2019
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To show evidence of a sufficient command of English. If English is not your mother tongue or you did not complete a university degree in the English medium, an English language test is required.

To have at least a bachelor's degree from a recognised university in a field related to the chosen course.

Working experience in relevant field is considered an important asset during the selection procedure.

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studie kosten
bron: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
bedrag kostenpost
€ 400levensonderhoud
€ 900inschrijvingsgeldper jaar
€ 192visa/permitper jaar
€ 650
inbegrepen in collegegeld
study material

De stad


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25922 studenten aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
51% daarvan is vrouw
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IHS Alumni International

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Student testimonial

'The academic environment at IHS surprised me with a highly interactive approach, a wide range of urban thematic choices and a very supportive atmosphere.'

Na de studie

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IHS graduates work in the fields of urban academia, international consultancy, local and national governments and non-governmental organisations as lecturers, urban planners, sustainable urban development and design specialists, project managers, architects, government officials, urban policy analysis and development experts, capacity building trainers, land use advisors, renowned NGO heads and specialists and many others.
In the almost 60 years of experience in teaching and applying urban management and development knowledge and practices, IHS has developed an extensive network of urban professionals. Programme participants benefit from the immense IHS network including an alumni association with over 8000 members actively engaged in the field. IHS is engaged in over 100 urban programmes and projects at any point in time offering students a direct contact with donor agencies and training centres worldwide. Our lecturers have long-standing international experience and continue to work all over the world thus creating a possibility to discuss and initiate links to programmes and projects in countries and cities of the participants.

Potentiƫle beroepen

afdelingshoofd ruimtelijke ordening
bedrijfshoofd bureau planologisch onderzoek (management)
bedrijfshoofd bureau planologisch onderzoek (meewerkend <50%)
beleidsmedewerker infrastructuur, planologie en volkshuisvesting (wetenschappelijk)
directeur bureau planologische dienst, onderzoek
hoofd milieudienstverlening
manager bureau planologische dienst, onderzoek (groot bedrijf)
planontwikkelaar infra (wetenschappelijk)
regionaal planoloog
secretaris adviescommissie ruimtelijke kwaliteit (bouw- en woningtoezicht)
senior verkeersplanoloog
wetenschappelijk onderzoeker planologie
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