Urban Management and Development

1 Years
Start date:
1st September.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree
Tuition fees:
Please see our tuition fees page
What is this programme about

This 12 month master programme provides a unique opportunity for professionals and bachelor graduates to invest in their future. It will enable you to become an innovative urban manager, a leader who analyses and develops cities based on a thorough understanding of urban theory and practice.

UMD key features
  • 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 - a unique chance to tailor your study
  • Balanced training of analytical and practical skills

Programme structure
The intensive 12-month MSc programme is divided in three periods: the core period, the specialization period and the thesis period. Below you can find more information about the structure of the programme.

Core period: general lectures on urban issues (October - January).The course is divided into core modules and intermediary periods leading to 6 different specialisations that provide ample choices for you to go in-depth in your field of study.

Specialisation period (January - April)
-Managing & Financing Urban Infrastructure
-Urban Housing and Livelihoods
-Urban Environmental Management and Climate Change
-Integrated Planning and Strategies
-Urban Land Development
-Urban Competitiveness and Resilience

Research & Thesis (April - September)

A step in your career
The UMD programme enables participants to advance their career opportunities. Our alumni international network  which includes ministers, mayors, successful businessmen and renowned NGO specialists, provides an entrance into international networks of urban professionals, institutes and capacity building initiatives. Participants of the UMD programme will benefit from the extensive network of IHS, including an alumni association with over 7,500 members and contacts with donor agencies and training centres. 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.

Erasmus University Rotterdam
International institute of urban management (IHM)
Ms Isidora Markou
E-Mail: Markou@ihs.nl
Web: www.ihs.nl
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