MSc in Urban Management and Development
5 October 2015 – 23 September 2016
Early Bird application deadline
1 June 2015*
Regular IHS application deadline
1 July 2015
Application deadline for NFP candidates
|24 February 2015|
*Admitted applicants who submit their tuition fee for the master's programme before 1 June 2015 benefit from a tuition fee reduction of € 500 and at the same time secure their seat in the programme.
Disclaimer: The Early Bird discount does not apply for students who receive a full scholarship covering the complete tuition fee.
This 12 month master programme provides a unique opportunity for professionals and bachelor graduates to invest in their future. It will enable you to become an innovative urban manager, a leader who analyses and develops cities based on a thorough understanding of urban theory and practice.
UMD key features
- Participants from more than 45 different nations
- 4 partner universities with expertise in the field
- Small-scale with personal attention and support
- Multi-national lecturers with wide experience in the field
- International high profile guest lectures
- Unique training methodology of role-playing games,real case study analysis, class debates
- Practical focus and problem solving approach
- 6 different specializations - a chance to tailor your study
- Balanced training of analytical and practical skills
A step in your career
The UMD programme enables participants to advance their career opportunities. Our alumni international network which includes ministers, mayors, successful businessmen and renowned NGO specialists, provides an entrance into international networks of urban professionals, institutes and capacity building initiatives. Participants of the UMD programme will benefit from the extensive network of IHS, including an alumni association with over 7,500 members and contacts with donor agencies and training centres. IHS is engaged in over 100 urban programmes and projects at any point in time, enabling a direct link between theory and practice. IHS lecturers have worked all over the world thus creating a possibility to discuss and initiate programmes and projects in your country and your cities.
The intensive 12-month MSc programme is divided in three periods: the core period, the specialization period and the thesis period. Below you can find more information about the structure of the programme.
Core period: general lectures on urban issues (October - January).The course is divided into core modules and intermediary periods leading to 6 different specialisations that provide ample choices for you to go in-depth in your field of study.
Specialisation period (January - April)
-Managing & Financing Urban Infrastructure (MFUI)
-Urban Housing and Livelihoods (UHL)
-Urban Environmental Management and Climate Change (UECC)
-Integrated Planning and Urban Strategies (IPUS)
-Urban Land Development (ULD)
-Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR)
Research & Thesis (April - September)
Throughout the UMD course, participants get engaged in group and individual exercises, are requested to write papers and essays, make presentations that are assessed throughout the course. The training methodology of this programme includes field visits, fieldwork, simulation games, film discussions and case studies. In order to complete their study, participants also prepare their research through a continuous work on research methods and techniques.
The courses addressed during the core period and blocks and modules from the specialisation period are specified within the short courses section of this website.
Applicants who wish to apply for the NFP are kindly advised to apply with IHS at least 3 weeks before the NFP application deadline (24 February 2014) so that they can receive the admissions decision in time for their fellowship application.
For more information about the NFP, please visit our page on scholarships.
The Dutch Ministry of Education accredits the course as an academic master programme based on assessment by Quality Assurance of Netherlands Universities (QANU). The stringent quality criteria applied by the Dutch Government are based on European standards for higher education. NVAO, see report.