Join one of the four urban management master tracks at IHS!

IHS is now offering four Master tracks as part of the MSc in Urban Management & Development. The new tracks allow IHS students to follow a topic of their interest, specialising even further in one of the four themes: urban planning, digital transformation, environment and climate change, and housing and land. Participants will learn from real-life case studies and discuss urban issues and trends from around the world while linking their knowledge and expertise to their thesis research. 

The MSc in Urban Management and Development is a 1-year English-taught multidisciplinary programme featuring four master tracks offered by IHS. Next to high-quality academic content, the programme includes an intensive skills stream designed to equip the students with job-market-demanded skills. The programme is a great opportunity to learn from urban policy advisors and real-life case studies while studying at a top-100 university.  

The academic year is organised in four blocks. Students will get the latest insights into urban development during the first part of the programme. During the second and third blocks, the focus is on gaining in-depth knowledge about track-specific topics. In addition, the programme will strengthen your research skills through research design courses and workshops. The fourth block will be entirely dedicated to you writing your thesis. The redesigned MSc programme offers students to choose from the following four master tracks:

Strategic Urban Planning & Policies: Managing Socio-Spatial Dynamics for Sustainable Cities

This programme focuses on how urban planning and policies respond to urban dynamics and how different stakeholders are engaged in co-creating a commonly envisioned urban development.

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Urban Digital Transformation and Innovation: Governance and Economics of Cities

This Master track focuses on how digital innovation and transformation impact urban socio-economic development and governance.

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Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change: Integrated Management of Land, Water and Air

This programme focuses on different conceptual, analytical and practical approaches to foster sustainable, smart, and climate-resilient cities worldwide.

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Urban Housing and Land Justice: Equitable Access to Sustainable Land, Housing and Services

This Master track focuses on evaluating the complex legal, political, institutional, social, and economic processes that facilitate or impede access to land, housing, and urban services.

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Applications are open!
If you are an urban professional with relevant work or research experience looking for an opportunity to boost your academic learning while applying it to practice, you can start your application! For questions regarding the application procedure and admission requirements, visit our Admission Office at

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