Urban Management and Development

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About the programme

The MSc in Urban Management and Development is a 12-month English-taught programme offered in six specialisation tracks. This structure allows IHS students to specialise within their chosen field whilst benefiting from a broader understanding of sustainable 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 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 and entrepreneurship, housing from a human rights and gender perspective, sustainability, smart and green cities (infrastructure, energy and water), land law and finance, real estate 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 policymaking. A key feature of the programme is the use of comparative methodologies to discuss urban issues, policies and trends from around the world. Next to high-quality academic content, the programme includes an intensive skills stream designed to equip the students with job-market demanded skills such as knowledge of popular data analysis software (e.g. R, GIS) and negotiation skills.

Master tracks

Urban Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change
Nature-Based Solutions for Smart and Resilient Cities
Strategic Urban Planning & Policies
Managing Socio-Spatial Dynamics for Sustainable Cities
Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice
Adequate Housing from a Human Rights and Gender Perspective
Infrastructure and Green Cities
Managing Sustainable Water, Transport, Energy, Waste and Drainage Services
Land Management: Law, Finance, Real Estate and Natural Resources
Bridging Land, Water and Natural Resources
Urban Economic Development: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Innovative and Entrepreneurial Cities in a Global Economy

How is your year organised?

In the first block the programme shares courses on urban sustainability, governance, planning, policy, finance and data analytics with the other specialisation tracks. However, your assignments with the modules as well as the action planning workshop are always track-specific. In the second and third blocks, your courses will only be track-specific but all students also follow a course on GIS. In addition, the programme will strengthen your research skills through research methods courses and workshops. It will further guide you in writing your thesis proposal on a topic relevant to your specialisation track. The forth block will be entirely dedicated to you writing your thesis.

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.

Field trips: Jane's walk in Rotterdam North

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

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