Urban Management
Good Governance in Complex Contemporary Cities

Urban Management: Good Governance in Complex Contemporary Cities

Deadline extended: MENA scholarship

Fund a short course on Urban Management. Apply by 7 March 2020.

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3 months

Dates for this year's course

28 September – 18 December 2020

Tuition Fee

€ 5,750*



Deadline for OKP/MSP applicants (to apply for the course)February 2020

IHS application deadline

EU/EEA: August 2020/non-EU/EEA: July 2020

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Requirements and application procedure

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Procedure and deadlines

Abbreviation code

UMDT 2020

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Course coordinator

Somesh Sharma

* 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?

Urban Management: Good Governance in Complex Contemporary Cities is designed for individuals who are contributing or would like to contribute to the holistic and equitable sustainable development of cities.

The course provides a set of carefully selected urban management and development theories that you will see reflected through practice in major cities during academic excursions in the Netherlands. You will witness how gentrification, urban heritage, green cities and other important theories can be applied to help manage cities. Urban Management is also useful for practitioners who wish to exchange experiences with international students and experts; and who wish to refine their expertise.

Urban Management is interactive and you will learn through practice. During the course you learn how to critically evaluate theories and assess their relevance to the conditions of your city. Through theoretical underpinning by the end of the course you will learn how to analyse urban policies, adopt a multi-stakeholder approach, analyse governance and planning structures and integrate multiple theories with an understanding of their physical impact on city formation.

On successful completion of the course you will receive 16.5 ECTs.

How will I learn?

Urban Management participants attend the first three months of the UMD programme which gives you the opportunity to experience a sample of IHS’ respected master’s programme.

Innovative teaching methods are used to provide efficient and enjoyable learning. In addition to classroom lectures learning activities include individual and group assignments, workshops, presentations, discussions and educational games and most importantly theory based excursions.

During the excursions you will be taken to selected areas in the cities where you will see a reflection of the theories that you study in the classroom. The main subjects in the course are urban theories, urban governance and policy planning, local government finance and investments and academic writing on urban theories.

Integration with the MSc in Urban Management and Development

The course can be attended as a short course or as part of the Modular Master’s Urban Management and Development (MMUMD) which can be completed over three years.

Do I have the right profile for this course?

If you are an urban professional with at least 2 years 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 with the municipality of Rotterdam and Smart City Amsterdam. The City of Rotterdam and Ministry of Dutch Culture provide important content of this course.

How to apply

Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? Make use of the IHS online application system. Find out more about the application procedure and admission requirements.


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

If your question is related to the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP), please refer to this webpage before inquiring further.