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Urban Management and Development (UMD)(IHS)

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

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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.

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.


2019 Full-time Institutioneel € 13900 / hele opleiding
2019 Full-time Internationaal € 13900 / hele opleiding


An assessment may be required for any of the programmes at Erasmus University. This depends on the course you wish to sign up for and on the file that you send us as part of your application. A file should contain your academic background and relevant test-scores, such as TOEFL/IELTS, a letter of motivation and letters of reference.


Participants from more than 45 different nations
4 partner universities with expertise in the field
Small-scale with personal attention and support
Multi-nationals lectures with wide experience in the field
International high profile guest lectures
Unique training methodology of role-playing games,real case study analysis, class debates
Practical focus and problem solving approach
6 different specializations - to tailor your study
Balanced training of analytical and practical skills


The course is divided in a core period covering urban management and development theory and six specialisations:
1.Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure (MFUI)
2.Urban Housing and Livelihoods (UHL)
3.Urban Environmental and Climate Change Management (UECC)
4.Integrated Planning and Urban Strategies (IPUS)
5.Urban Land Development (ULD)
6.Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR)

instruction modes

Throughout the UMD course, participants get engaged in group and individual exercises, are requested to write papers and essays, make presentations that are assessed throughout the course. The training methodology of this programme includes field visits, fieldwork, simulation games, film discussions and case studies. In order to complete their study, participants also prepare their research through a continuous work on research methods and techniques.


IHS offers a unique service approach for international participants in our programmes. We assist you with accomodation, travel arrangements, insurance and other general student services. IHS has been teaching international students for over 55 years. We are looking forward to receiving you!

job perspective

IHS is engaged in over 100 urban programmes and projects at any point in time, enabling a direct link between theory and practice. IHS lecturers have worked all over the world thus creating a possibility to discuss and initiate programmes and projects in your country and your cities.


At the end of the course participants will operate as innovative urban managers. Innovative urban managers are able to: develop and apply ideas; conduct academic research of an urban problem and to integrate knowledge within a complex multidisciplinary environment in emerging economies; analyse and develop their cities based on a thorough understanding of urban theory.

study abroad

IHS educates participants from all over the world and can boost an alumni netwerk of over 7400 urban professionals in over 140 countries. Also the staff members and guest lecturers are either internationals or partly educated abroad. The case studies that are shared are retrieved from different urban regions around the world taking intercultural differences and similarities into account. You can therefore safely conclude that you will study in an international environment.

study association

IHS Alumni International (IHS AI) is a network of urban professionals that was established in 2009 in response to the need for all IHS alumni to stay connected. It's primary aim is fostering professional ideas and support.

It's objective and slogan is 'sharing urban knowledge' internationally.

sustainable strengthening

The course aims to enable participants, primarily urban professionals in developing & transitional countries, to become innovative urban managers, able to work in a complex multidisciplinary & multi actor environment. The focus is on the role of urban policies, management & governance institutions in achieving urban development. It is expected to contribute to urban development. IHS supplements education services with research & advice: a comprehensive package of urban institutional development.

tuition fee

Additional costs (MSc programme)
Travel to and from the course destination, daily travel, copying costs, insurance (international insurance can be arranged by IHS for currently EUR 40 per month), residence permit (currently EUR 300), field work, accommodation and living costs (see below)

Included in the tuition fee:
Access to the university online library and online course literature, pick up at the airport when you arrive, Rotterdam public transport validation card ('OV-chipcard')

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Privé
Afronding Diploma
Credits 420