The MSc in Urban Management and Development is a 12-month English-taught programme offered in six specialisation tracks. This structure allows IHS students to specialise within their chosen field whilst benefiting from a broader understanding of sustainable urban management offered at IHS.
The six Master tracks are:
Urban Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change
Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice
Strategic Urban Planning & Policies
Infrastructure and Smart Cities
Land Management: Law, Finance, Real Estate and Natural Resources
Urban Economic Development: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Cities are in a constant state of unprecedented change. Between now and 2030, urban areas are expected to triple in surface and by 2050, 68% of the population will reside in cities. Population movements of this scale create physical, economic, environmental and social challenges. To remain sustainable, liveable and competitive cities need urban managers who are well-trained in policy development and good governance. The MSc programme focuses on socio-spatial dynamics in planning, climate resilience, local economic innovation and entrepreneurship, housing from a human rights and gender perspective, sustainability, smart and green cities (infrastructure, energy and water), land law and finance, real estate and regenerative natural resource management.
What will I learn?
The intensive 12-month MSc is divided into four blocks.
In the first block, the programme shares courses on urban sustainability, governance, planning, policy, finance and data analytics with the other master tracks. However, your assignments with the modules as well as the action planning workshop are always track-specific.
In the second and third blocks, your courses will only be track-specific but all students also follow a course on GIS. In addition, the programme will strengthen your research skills through research methods courses and workshops. It will further guide you in writing your thesis proposal on a topic relevant to your master track.
The fourth block will be entirely dedicated to you writing your thesis on a topic linked to your master track.
What are some of the most exciting components of this program?
It offers a degree from a top 100 university globally (#72 in the world).
Students learn in the hub of urban innovation, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Students get a chance to tailor their programme with a specialisation track.
It's highly international (students from more than 45 countries).
It's taught by academic staff who are also active urban professionals and policy advisers.
It includes guest lectures from high profile guest lecturers from key stakeholders in the field (e.g. UN-HABITAT).
How will I learn?
To maximize retention, confidence, and practical know-how in the students, the material is taught using working groups, group assignments, field visits and fieldwork. In interactive lectures, workshops, and discussions, students engage in group and individual exercises, analyze cases, give presentations and write papers and essays which deepen their knowledge about the concepts and theory.