Infrastructure & Green Cities
Managing Sustainable Water, Transport, Energy, Waste and Drainage Services

Why study Master Infrastructure and Green Cities

In the face of continuous urban growth and environmental pressure, the need for smarter and greener cities has never been felt more strongly. Infrastructure provision, management and finance are facing new challenges: cities are extremely complex and subject to wicked problems, traditional solutions are having negative impacts on the environment, technology is evolving, and citizens have conflicting demands. In short, contemporary infrastructure solutions need to be sustainable, smart and green.  Green infrastructure is an approach that uses natural landscapes, open spaces, and infrastructure systems that mimic nature to manage storm water, increase greenery, mitigate green-house gasses and prevent flooding. It adopts the concept of Low Impact Development.  

In this programme you will acquire the knowledge and skills to become an urban development professional specialising in creating future-proof urban infrastructure that can help to accelerate the transition to smart and green cities.

The multidisciplinary nature of the programme has changed my perspective on urban issues and helped me approach them in a more realistic way.
Rami Sharaf, Egypt
Urban Management & Development Alumnus

What are some of the special features of this track?

Apart from 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 Green Cities track also means that you will get to: 

Bart Hoogveld

Learn to develop and manage future-proof infrastructure

Students will gain knowledge on the creation 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 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 infrastructure and apply this in real-life cases.


Link your thesis research to ongoing projects and initiatives

The Infrastructure and Green City thematic area is 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 on-going real-life projects that gives a great networking opportunity for students as well.

Why study at IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam?

Earn your MSc degree from a top 100 university

Known for its academic rigors 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.

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Apply for the Infrastructure & Green Cities track

Second round of applications: 1 January 2021 – 28 February 2021

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