Master in Urban Management and Development (UMD)

Master of Science in Urban Management and Development (MSc)

Your city. Your study. Your future. The 12 month MSc Programme in Urban Management and Development equips passionate city-changers with the skills set and academic knowledge to make cities work.

The Master programme -Urban Management and Development offered by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), combines theory with practice. IHS offers professionals seeking a deeper understanding of the powers at work in cities. The programme takes the participants teaches participants look at urban areas through a practical focus and worldwide experience connected with international urban research. Through its comprehensive approach, the programme takes the economic, social, physical, managerial and political aspects of urban management and development into perspective.

It provides a unique opportunity for students to grasp what they need to know to become innovative urban managers. IHS educates urban leaders who are able to analyse and develop cities based on a thorough grasp of urban theory and practise.

Why study a Master in Urban Management and Development?

  • Truly international environment: participants, lecturers and case studies from all over the world.
  • Multidisciplinary approach in theory and practise.
  • Six different specializations to cater the programme to your specific interest.
  • Joint courses with partners from the public and private sector and expertise from various international educational institutes.
  • Challenging combination of academic research, practical workshops and case studies and educational training.
  • Access to an expansive professional network (more than 8000 alumni worldwide) of graduates of IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • A solid base for a wide range of career opportunities as an urban professional.
  • Inspiring campus and study facilities in the heart of Europe.
  • Master of Science degree from a university with competitive high ranking academic credentials.

Career opportunities

This MSc-programme prepares students for career positions both in the private and public sector, international organizations, consultancy firms, advisory boards, and other government institutions. Our alumni include businessmen, ministers, mayors, successful consultants and renowned NGO activists. The programme also offers a solid basis to pursue a PhD.

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Education objectives

  • Analyse and evaluate trends and theories in urban development within a global context.
  • Argue the need for an innovative multi-actor and multidisciplinary approach in urban management.
  • Analyse urban problems, assess development potential and propose innovative strategies and policies based on applied research.
  • Apply practical skills as a policymaker, researcher, consultant or manager.

Target audience

Our quickly urbanizing world is in need of people who can make cities work. IHS is looking for highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds that have a passion for cities and are interested in enhancing their professional knowledge and researching the combination of urban theory and practice.

Admission criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a recognised university or similar institute in a related field.
  • Evidence of a sufficient oral and written command of the English language.
  • Convincing motivation to become an urban professional/ manager and research (MSc thesis) interest in the domain of urban management and development.
  • Working experience in relevant fields is preferred.
  • Intercultural skills

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To apply, please go to Through this online application system please upload certified copies of diplomas and degrees, language test results (IELTS or TOEFL), cv, passport/ ID, motivation statement and if possible two reference letters.

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Please see below for information about the specialisations within this Master programme. Whether a specialisation is offered full-time or part-time, is indicated accordingly.




Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure (MFUI) Full-time n/a
Urban Housing and Livelihoods (UHL)
Full-time n/a
Urban Environmental Management and Climate Change (UECC)
Full-time n/a
Integrated Planning and Strategies (IPS)
Full-time n/a
Urban Land Development (ULD) Full-time n/a
Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR) Full-time n/a