Modular Master in Urban Management and Development


1-3 years


Core period/UMDT: 2 Oct 2017 – 22 Dec 2016

Specialization period/ICHUD: 3 Jan 2018 – 29 March 2018

Thesis period: 1 April 2018 – 22 Sep 2018

Tuition fee**

1 year set-up (regular master programme): €13,900

2 year set-up: €15,900

3 year set-up: €16,900

Administration costs




Course Coordinator

Somesh Sharma

Programme information

Ms. Desislava Yordanova 

Application requirementsRequirements & application procedure
NFP and MSP information***

Procedure and deadlines

*Payment in 3 installments is possible. For detailed description of the fees structure, please contact Ms. Desislava Yordanova.
**You can begin the programme either with the Core Period/UMDT or the Specialization Period/ICHUD but never with the Thesis Period. 
***If you are applying for the NFP and MSP scholarships, you can submit your application for the UMDT and ICHUD periods separately.  

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Are you looking for a way to grow professionally, refresh your knowledge with the latest trends or rekindle your passion for "urban"? Join this challenging part-time master programme in Urban Management and Development.  

Key features 

  • Smart three-batch set up allowing participants to attend to their professional commitments;
  • Access to huge international network of over 8,000 urban professionals;
  • Highly international study environment with participants from over 45 different nations;
  • Lecturers with long-standing international teaching and working experience in the field;
  • High profile guest lecturers from established partner institutions such as UN-HABITAT, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Lund University;
  • 6 different specializations offering a unique chance to tailor your study and broaden your career path

MSc degree in Urban Management and Development 

The part-time track of the Urban Management and Development master programme provides a unique opportunity for both professionals and IHS alumni to (re-)invest in enhancing their qualifications and academic development. Participants will acquire and build on the knowledge, the skill-set and the network necessary to excel as innovative urban managers and leaders who can manage cities with an in-depth understanding of urban theory and practice. 

This alternative master track is specially designed for working professionals who wish to grow in their career. The master programme structure allows you to combine studying by offering the courses in three main batches. 

IHS alumni who have graduated from the Urban Management and Development Theories (UMDT), and/or the International Course on Housing and Urban Development (ICHUD) short courses, and/or the Urban Management and Development: Sustainable Urbanism (UMDSU) track, are welcome to complete the rest of the modules and earn their MSc in Urban Management and Development for a discounted tuition fee. Alumni who have earned a distinction are awarded an extra 10% discount on the tuition fee. For more information on this Master's set up, please contact us.

Upon completion of the programme, participants receive a worldwide recognized Master of Science degree from IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Programme structure

Master's core period/Urban Management and Development Theories (UMDT)
Duration: 3 months

The core period of the Urban Management & Development master programme provides in-depth insight into urban theories, policies and trends worldwide. This is offered in the form lectures and workshops on real world urban issues, urban governance and policy-making and the financial and economic aspect of tackling those. The course is divided into core modules and intermediary periods leading to a specialization period of 6 different areas of urban expertise. It will study cities from different multidisciplinary thematic perspectives such as “Complex City”, “Spatial City”, “Sustainable City”, “Green City”, “Livable City”, “Informal City” and “Competitive City”.

Master's specialization period/International Course on Housing and Urban Development (ICHUD)
Duration: 3 months

The specialization period allows participants to gain enhanced understanding of a certain aspect of urban management and development depending on their academic and professional orientation and interests. The specialization combines lectures and participatory methodologies such as workshops, simulations games, seminars and group work and it is designed to emphasize the link between theory and practice:

Master's thesis period
Duration: 6 months (full-time presence is not obligatory) 

The thesis period opens with Research Methods workshops which offer the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to conduct academic research and complete the Master’s thesis. The students work under the guidance of their thesis supervisor and with the support of the IHS academic staff.

  • Accredition

    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.

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