Is this the programme you're looking for?
Do you wonder what role cities play in discovering answers to major social issues such as climate change, poverty, health, unemployment, housing and inequality? Then this urban studies master track is the right choice for you.
Key Facts & Figures
- Mode of study
- Instruction language
- 1 year
- Study points (EC)
- Campus Woudestein
- Application Deadline (EEA)
- 15 June
The study programme in a nutshell
Today, cities are dynamic and fast-growing. They can pose challenging governance questions. Professionals who possess the right knowledge and skills to tackle complex urban governance and development issues are therefore urgently needed to develop sustainable governance policies. This unique master in Urban Governance is a collaboration between the Department of Public Administration and the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), combining Public Administration expertise on urban policy, politics and governance with Urban Planning and Management expertise.
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What you will learn
The programme offers a varied set of courses (obligatory and elective), seminars, working groups sessions, and a series of guest lectures by internationally well-known scholars. Furthermore, you conduct your own research project (thesis) in which you apply theories and social scientific research methods to examine urban governance issues.
Is this the right programme for you?
- Get your MSc from a top 100 university Benefit from the knowledge of two renowned partners; The Department of Public Administration was #4 in the 2022 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities on Public Administration.
- Learn from both leading scholars in the field and active urban policy advisers.
- Join in our interactive urban governance labs where you will be trained to use your theoretical knowledge to solve real-life examples of urban governance issues.
- Prepare for your career and network during your project work and field visits to local stakeholders such as the Port of Rotterdam, Housing Associations or the Municipality of Rotterdam.
- Gain knowledge on current trends, topics, innovations and tools from various disciplines in the field of urban governance (such as the circular economy, place-making, co-production and self-organisation etc.)
- Apply and develop your knowledge globally by learning from international case studies, staff and classmates.
- Exchange opportunities at our partner institutions – leading universities across Europe.
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Career opportunities after graduation
Graduates are able to both analyse governance issues and develop strategies for the management and design of urban policy and governance processes. Alumni of our programme become project managers working on urban development, policymakers or advisors working at the local, regional, national and international level for both public and private organizations on themes such as mobility, sustainability, city planning, infrastructure and citizen participation.