Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies, IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam


About Erasmus University

Erasmus University Rotterdam is an international knowledge workshop for critical thinking and academic training, driven by a strong focus on current social issues. The university concentrates its expertise on issues of management, organisation and policy in the public and private sectors on the one hand, as well as on the field of sickness and health care. Erasmus University Rotterdam has bundled its education and research in three domains (link) in which the university has a national and international reputation to maintain:

  • Economics and Management;
  • Medicine and Health Sciences;
  • Law, Culture and Society.

The university counts as its core tasks: to generate knowledge from research, to share knowledge in education and to transfer knowledge to the community. Its driving forces are academic curiosity, critical reflection and social engagement.

About Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies

50 years Investing in People who Make Cities Work

IHS is an international centre of excellence of the School of Economics (ESE) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, operating on a global scale by offering post graduate education, training, advisory services and applied research.

IHS was selected as the winner for the 2007 UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award for leading the way as a global center of excellence and knowledge through its high quality training programmes in housing, urban management and urban environmental management and planning.

In 2008 IHS celebrated its 50th anniversary of assisting countries, cities and institutions to find suitable approaches to housing and sustainable urban development, and strengthen their capacity to implement them.

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  • English

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MSc Programme in Urban Management and Development (UMD14)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years October 2017 Netherlands Rotterdam + 1 more

Are you always coming up with solutions and innovations for the cities of the world? Do you think globally and act locally? Have you got what it takes to be a city changer? Our lecturers, students and alumni are excellent professionals, developing and managing urban projects and initiatives all over the world. If you want to learn the ins and outs of city management from our international expert lecturers and guest lecturers, this might be your spot! [+]

IHS offers a 12 month Master of Science in Urban Management and Development which provides a unique opportunity for both professionals and bachelor graduates to invest in enhancing their qualifications and academic development. The programme prepares participants with the knowledge and skill-set necessary to become innovative urban managers and leaders who analyse and develop cities based on in-depth understanding of urban theory and practice. Upon completion of the programme, participants receive a worldwide recognized Master of Science degree from IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Programme features Highly international study environment with participants from over 45 different nations Lecturers with long-standing international teaching and working experience in the field High profile guest lecturers from established institutions such as UN-HABITAT, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Lund University Unique training methodology of role-playing games, real-life case study analysis, class debates and on-site visits 6 different specializations offering a unique chance to tailor your study and broaden your career path Focus on linking theory to real world urban challenges and solutions developed and perfected in IHS’ almost 60 years of experience in the field Balanced learning environment of guided training and self-study Course Content 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. The intensive 12-month MSc in Urban Management and Development is designed 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 specialization period and a thesis period. Throughout the course, students participate in interactive lectures, workshops and discussions, engage in group and individual exercises, analyse cases, give presentations and write papers and essays which aim to deepen their knowledge about the concepts and theory. The training methodology of the programme includes field visits, fieldwork, simulation games, discussions, best practices and case studies. [-]


Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies, IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Address Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Phone + 31 10 408 9825