Urban Management and Development

Master programme

About the programme

The MSc in Urban Management and Development is a 12-month English-taught multidisciplinary programme offered in six specialisation master tracks. This structure allows IHS students to specialise within their chosen field whilst benefiting from a broader understanding of urban management offered at IHS.

Cities are in a constant state of unprecedented change. Between now and 2030, urban areas are expected to triple in surface and by 2050, 68% of the population will reside in cities. Population movements of this scale create multi-level physical, economic, environmental and social challenges. To remain sustainable, liveable and competitive cities need urban managers who are well-trained in policy development and good governance. The MSc programme focuses on socio-spatial dynamics in planning, climate resilience, local economic innovation, housing from a human rights and gender perspective, sustainability and green cities (infrastructure, energy and water), land law and finance, and regenerative natural resource management. The MSc is designed to equip students with the skills to solve contemporary urban issues in their countries through progressive policy-making. A key feature of the programme is the use of comparative methodologies to discuss urban issues, policies and trends from around the world.

Master tracks

Urban Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change
Nature-Based Solutions for Smart and Resilient Cities
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Strategic Urban Planning & Policy
Managing Socio-Spatial Dynamics for Sustainable Cities
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Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice
Adequate Housing from a Human Rights and Gender Perspective
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Infrastructure and Green Cities
Managing Sustainable Water, Transport, Energy, Waste and Drainage Services
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Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development
Bridging Land, Water and Natural Resources
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Urban Economic Development and Resilience
Innovative and Entrepreneurial Cities in a Global Economy
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How is your year organised?

In the first and second block, the programme shares courses on urban theory, governance, policy, planning, and public-private partnerships, and local government finance and investment with the other specialisation tracks. However, your assignments with the modules as well as the action planning workshop are always track-specific. In the third block, your courses will only be track-specific with the possibility to take an extra elective course. In the fourth block of the programme you will strengthen your research skills through research methods courses and workshops and write your thesis on a topic relevant to your specialisation track.

Why study the MSc in Urban Management & Development?

The programme is a great opportunity to learn from urban policy advisors and real-life case studies while studying at a top-100 university.  

What is it like to be a part of the classroom?

The content is delivered through a blend of lectures with case studies, discussions, working groups, group assignments, and fieldwork. Below, you can see a few examples of activities that take place during the courses.

GLUT - Gaining from Land Use Transactions

Field trips: Jane's walk in Rotterdam North

Students taking part of a Jane’s walk in Rotterdam Noord

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