Sustainable Urban Development

3-month professional development course

General information


3 months


3 January - 25 March 2022 

Tuition Fee

€ 5,950*



Deadline for OKP applicants (to apply for the course)13 June 2021

IHS application deadline   

EU/EEA: 1 December 2021/non-EU/EEA: 1 November 2021

Admissions Information

Requirements and application procedure

OKP information

Procedure and deadlines

Course information and

Abbreviation code

SUD 2022

Course coordinatorCharmae Nercua

Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.

What will I learn?

Today more people live in cities than ever before. This creates opportunities and challenges which requires experts with combined skills in infrastructure, economic development, affordable land and housing markets, sustainable planning and resilience to climate change in order to manage increasingly complex cities.

The course on Sustainable Urban Development gives you the opportunity to merge an academic specialisation course with a multidisciplinary project where you apply theory into practice.

You will share classes with our MSc in Urban Management and Development (UMD) students as you choose your own individual learning track through one of the six UMD specialisation courses:

Based on your choice you will learn more on how to address urban challenges with a focus on housing, planning, land, infrastructure, finance, environment, climate change and economic development. As the programme is combined with UMD it provides those interested in the MSc programme a sample of the entire course.

The multidisciplinary project of SUD requires you to address an urban challenge in Rotterdam. Every year the project changes as you get to work for the city of Rotterdam on contemporary urban management issues. Participants have worked on sustainable strategies for a post-war residential high-rise neighbourhood, reinventing the use of a former factory building and its surroundings in a former city harbour and the sustainable redevelopment of an industrial area and improving the residential neighbourhood. Although the projects change they are characterised by the fact that they are commissioned by stakeholders in the city, they require a multidisciplinary approach and they are supported by specific action planning methods to address the challenges presented. Lastly, most projects link to the cross-cutting theme of heritage.

How will I learn?

During the first week of the programme, you will learn about IHS, your fellow course participants and you will get an exciting yet concise introduction to urban management and the city of Rotterdam. From the second week onwards you will begin to study the content of your chosen specialisation through a combination of lectures, practical exercises, case-study analyses, educational games, fieldwork excursions, films, discussions and debates. As each specialisation is different your chosen specialisation may not involve all of the aforementioned components.

Two afternoons per week are dedicated for the multidisciplinary project and, with the support of IHS staff, you work in teams with fellow participants on the project in an interactive workshop. This includes excursions, site visits, guest speakers, stakeholder consultations and, very importantly, peer learning. The project focuses on knowledge development and the transfer of skills as you present, debate, interview, write a report and have to collaborate within and between teams.

Do I have the right profile for this course?

If you are an urban professional with relevant working or research experience looking for an opportunity to boost your academic learning while applying it to practice then this course is right for you.

You need to be able to work in multidisciplinary teams and across diverse cultures. You will find that fellow participants come from across the globe presenting a very diverse range of professional backgrounds and working in public or private sectors, NGOs, academia and international organisations.

Please check our admission requirements to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the course.


The multidisciplinary project is conducted with local stakeholders in the Netherlands and in particular Rotterdam. In addition, several social housing associations, local communities and organisations are involved and previously the Veldacademie. In line with the cross-cutting theme of ‘Heritage’ at the IHS, the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) is a valued partner.

Only some of the specialisations are offered in collaboration with a partner – whether this applies to you depends on your individual learning track. 

How to apply

Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? Use the ''Apply now'' button below to submit your application using our new, simplified, user-friendly forms. For questions regarding the application procedure and admission requirements, visit our information page


If you are still searching for a sponsor, have a look at our section on available funding opportunities.

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