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Urban Management and Development Theories (UMDT)(IHS)

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

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This course offers urban professionals the latest knowledge on urban development and management theory to analyze the development of their cities and to transform them to the cities of the future.

How do you invest in the future of your city? The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) offers professionals, who are seeking a deeper understanding of managing the development of cities, a practical focus and worldwide experience connected with international urban research.

The course offers developed and applied urban management knowledge in the fields of Urban Policy and Planning, Local Government Finance, Economic and Financial Analysis. Urban Social Studies, Public Management, and Sustainable Cities and Climate Change.

The aim of the course is to strengthen the contribution that cities and towns make towards economic growth and social development. It provides a unique opportunity for participants to grasp what they need to know to become innovative urban managers. At the end of the course, participants will be able to analyze and develop cities based on a thorough grasp of urban theory and practice.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 5750 / hele opleiding
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 5750 / 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 GMAT and/or TOEFL/IELTS, a letter of motivation and letters of reference.


The course joins the first three months of the Master of Science in Urban Management and Development. It comprises class room sessions in large international groups of participants, exercises, group work, individual work and field visits. Each course is examined and graded


Urban Development Theories, including development theory, city life cycle, urban competitiveness, urban networking and informality; Urban Policy and Planning, including the policy cycle, participative planning and action planning; Local Government Finance; Economic and Financial Analysis; Urban Social Studies; Public Management; Sustainable Cities and Climate Change.

instruction modes

Participative lecture sessions, group work, site-visits, self study, case work, thesis research, field work.


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 welcoming 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.


By the end of the course, participants know the latest theories on urban management and development. They will be able to critically evaluate these theories and assess their relevance for the local condition. With this theoretical underpinning, participants will be enabled to analyse urban policies, argue a multi stakeholder approach, analyse governance and planning structures and develop neighborhood action plans.

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.

tuition fee

Additional costs (Postgraduate diploma courses)
Travel to and from the course destination, daily travel, copying costs, insurance (international insurance can be arranged by IHS for currently EUR 1,30 per day), short stay visa costs, accommodation and living costs

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

Niveau N.V.T.
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 3 maanden
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur Geen titel
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Privé
Afronding Diploma
Credits 420