Why this Study programme

Land Management: Law, Finance, Real Estate and Natural Resources

The way land and natural resources are accessed and managed affects the development of equitable and sustainable cities. Growing urbanisation puts pressure on natural resources, intensifies inequality among city stakeholders, increases the risk of disasters and contributes to unsustainable urban development patterns. Good governance has the capacity to answer each of these issues by addressing the relationships, conflicts and dynamics that arise in urban and peri-urban spaces. In this programme you will gain the qualifications to become an urban development professional specialised in managing these urban land issues. 

The international atmosphere at IHS made me feel like I'm in one big family. I really enjoyed the innovative learning methods that used games to deepen understanding.

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 Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development track also means that you will get to: 


Apply your learnings in a land court simulation

Students practical experience by applying theory in simulated learning environments such as the land court.


Explore the effects of urbanisation in a lab

Use a computer lab setting to examine the effect of urbanisation on the living conditions for all those living in and around cities.


Benefit from case study-led learning

Learn about urban innovations through field trips across the Netherlands.  


Gain skills in integrated management

Learn how to manage land, water and natural resources in an integrated way.


Learn how to use GIS

Use GIS software to explore recent urban development processes in selected case study areas using highly detailed spatial data.

Why study at IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam?

Earn your MSc degree from a top 100 university

Known for its academic rigours 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 comprises 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, and with leading universities in the Netherlands and around the world to ensure additional academic resources for our students.

#5 for Public Administration

worldwide for Public Administration Shanghai Ranking

#5 for Planning & Development

for Planning & Development Center University Rankings (1000)

#72 Worldwide

worldwide Times Higher Education (500)

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Second round of applications: 1 December 2021 - 28 February 2022

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