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MSc in Urban Management and Development Erasmus University Rotterdam



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The MSc in Urban Management and Development provides in-depth insight into urban theories, policies and trends globally.

The cities of today are complex, continuously evolving and face challenges on multiple levels. To stay sustainable and competitive in this ever-changing urban environment, cities need to balance their economic, environmental and physical, and social challenges with forward-looking urban policies. We think that contemporary cities need trained and innovative urban managers with skills in action and strategic planning, policy analysis, research methods and negotiation, and communication to be able to manage the complex urban multidisciplinary environment.

This is why we designed our programme to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to become competent urban managers by offering an in-depth insight into urban issues, policies and trends around the world through a blend of lectures with case studies, discussions, working groups, group assignments and field visits and field work. The master programme is divided into three main periods: a core period, a specialisation period (offers 6 different options) and a thesis period. Below you can find more information about the programme structure and the knowledge you will gain during each period.

Career opportunities

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.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MSc in Urban Management and Development.

Full Time (68 ECTS; 1 year)

Tuition fees

€13,900.00 (10,75,740) per year




Erasmus University Rotterdam

Campus Woudestein,

Mandeville Building, Room T12-47, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50,



3062 PA, Netherlands

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to urban development. The following studies are considered relevant to urban development: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Infrastructure, Law, Political Science, Public Administration, Real Estate, Social Science, Urban studies.

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language 575 (paper-based) - 232 (computer-based) - 90 (internet based); IELTS – International English Language Testing System 6.5, no sub-test lower than 5.5 (Writing sub-test at least 6.0)

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