This master track focuses on how local governments can manage, finance and provide infrastructure to deliver quality services while improving the cities’ green performance. Key topics include renewable energy, green transport and digital infrastructure, waste management and sanitation, and the provision of drinking water.
The Infrastructure and Smart Cities programme is a master track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers the opportunity to access a unique framework that helps cities become greener, more sustainable and competitive. Developed by IHS, this Smart City concept views cities as urban systems. It focuses on theories of change and stability, emphasising drinking water and sanitation, energy and transport sectors. In addition, students are also provided with the financial instruments needed to build efficient and cost-effective infrastructure networks for good service delivery. Besides getting a good grip of theory, they also apply the practical aspects of infrastructure planning, contracting and maintenance in practical exercises. The mixture of theory and practice allows students to develop the usage of crucial concepts in a local context and improve the interaction between infrastructure and societies.
Why study Master Infrastructure and Smart Cities
In the face of continuous urban growth, the need for cities to become greener and more sustainable has never been more pressing. But green cities are about more than aesthetic green public spaces and vertical gardens. In reality, infrastructure decisions also influence the natural and anthropogenic elements of the green city ecosystem, which affects the livability and sustainability of cities. In this programme, you will gain the qualifications to become an urban development professional specialised in creating future-proof urban infrastructure that can help to accelerate the transition to smart cities.
Why study at IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam?
Earn your MSc degree from a top 100 university
Known for its academic rigour and high quality of education, Erasmus University Rotterdam is consistently ranked in the top 3% of the world’s best universities.
Our teaching methods are unique
Alongside IHS teaching and research activities, our faculty members work in the field on real-life cases around the world. Challenges, learnings, and questions from these different contexts are brought back to the classroom and woven into our curriculum.
You apply everything you learn - no dry theory
Students learn through a blend of lectures, real-life case studies, discussions, debates, simulation environments, written assignments, and group work. Field visits and projects in Rotterdam and other Dutch cities provide first-hand exposure to local urban problems. Students have the option to complete their thesis fieldwork abroad and immerse themselves in a relevant urban context to collect data.
We offer a truly international and diverse environment
The IHS classroom is comprised of mid-level professionals and fresh graduates with rich and varied experiences from more than 45 countries. Typical backgrounds include architecture, engineering, planning, economics, social science, environmental science, and housing.
Study in Rotterdam - a hub of sustainable urban innovation
Iconic architecture, pioneering urban planning, and a celebrated multicultural population have thrust Rotterdam to the forefront of innovation and cultivation within the urban world.
Enjoy guest lecturers from UN-Habitat and other key stakeholders in the urban field
IHS works with global leaders in the field of urban development, including UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance and ICLEI as well as with leading universities in the Netherlands and around the world to ensure additional academic resources for our students.
What are some of the special features of this track?
Next to earning your MSc diploma from Erasmus University Rotterdam, an institution that is consistently ranked among the top 3% of the world’s best universities, studying the Infrastructure and Smart Cities track also means that you will get to:
Learn to develop and manage future-proof infrastructure
Students will gain knowledge on the development and maintenance of an urban infrastructure that supports green transitions and stands the test of time in a challenging era.
Get up to speed with the latest scientific insights
There is a reciprocal evolution between technology and society in cities: this course focuses on the long-term effects of using technology to change the city and helps students to develop a critical approach to infrastructure development.
Apply your knowledge in cases
Students will learn to plan, manage and finance smart and green infrastructures and apply this in real-life cases.
Link your thesis research to ongoing projects and initiatives
We are very active in capacity building projects, including research and advisory services worldwide, which offers you the opportunity to link your thesis to ongoing research and projects and eventually to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
Learn from the experts
The professors of this course are highly experienced international experts who are also actively involved in ongoing real-life projects that gives a great networking opportunity for students as well.
Specialise in applying GIS for infrastructure management
In this track, you have the opportunity the learn how to use GIS specifically for infrastructure management.