MSc in Urban Management and Development
2 October 2017 – 21 September 2018
Early Bird payment deadline
1 June 2017
Regular IHS application deadline
15 June 2017
Application deadline for NFP candidates
Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year open on 1 November 2016. Please only submit your applications after this date.
In recent years the UMD programme has been very popular, and IHS has had to limit the number of participants to ensure the academic quality of the programme.
If the maximum participant number has been reached, IHS reserves the right to withdraw your admission for this academic year. Submitting an application for admission does not guarantee that there is space remaining for you in the programme; if the class is full then your application for admission will be deferred to the next academic year with priority. This could potentially happen well in advance of the July 1st academic application deadline.
We therefore advise you to (1) make your application for admission and then (2) secure your seat in the programme (by means of the payment of your tuition fee) as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
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.
- Participants from more than 45 different nations
- 4 partner universities with expertise in the field
- 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 Urban Management and Development 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 8,000 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.
(October - January)
This period will build a common understanding on urban management and development, by laying down a foundation based on its main disciplines, like urban theory, planning and governance, economics and urban sociology.
(January - April)
You can choose between 6 different specialisations that provide ample choices for you to go in-depth in your field of study.
Research & Thesis
During this period, you will be guided through the process of designing your own research, considering strategy, methodologies, instruments and fieldwork plan.
Throughout the master programme, 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.
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.
Double degree partners
The IHS MSc in Urban Management and Development is also offered as a double degree with selected partners. Students who participate in these 2 or 3 year programmes start with one year in their home university, continue with the year at IHS studying in the UMD programme and graduate with two degrees (double degree); one of their home university and one of IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam. The admission and selection procedure to join these programmes take place at the home university of these partners.
|Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogjakarta, Indonesia||Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MPKD)|
|Renmin University (RUC), Bejing, China||School of Public Administration and Policy|
|Sun Yat Sen University (SYSU), China||School of Government (SOG)|
|Wuhan University (WHU), China||School of Resources and Environmental Science (SRES) |