Admission requirements

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Master’s programme:

  • Requires at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to urban development.
  • Good academic performance, with at least second class lower, B or equivalent
  • Proof of a sufficient command of English. If English is not your mother tongue an English language test or, in some cases, other proof of English proficiency is required. See section on English Language Test below for further information.
  • Working experience in a relevant field is considered an important asset during the selection procedure.
  • To have the ability to interact and work with people from very diverse cultures and backgrounds

Postgraduate diploma courses:

  • Requires at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to the chosen course.
  • Proof of a sufficient command of English. If English is not your mother tongue an English language test or, in some cases, other proof of English proficiency is required. See section on English Language Test below for further information.
  • At least 2 years working experience relevant to the chosen course
  • To have the ability to interact and work with people from very diverse cultures and backgrounds

PhD programme:

  • To have a Master’s degree from a recognised university
  • Good academic performance, with at least second class lower, B or equivalent
  • Proof of a sufficient command of English. If English is not your mother tongue an English language test or, in some cases, other proof of English proficiency is required. See section on English Language Test below for further information.
     

Which studies are considered relevant to urban development?

If you have a degree which is not listed in below, please feel free to contact Admissions Office for advice.

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Infrastructure
  • Law
  • Public Administration
  • Real Estate
  • Social Science
  • Urban studies


Applying for a scholarship?

If you are hoping to apply for a scholarship to fund your studies, please be aware that you will likely need to apply for admission with IHS well in advance of your course starting date. To apply for a scholarship you will usually need to secure your admission with IHS first, and then subsequently make your application to the scholarship organisation. Please check the deadlines and requirements of the fellowship programme you are hoping to apply for to avoid disappointment.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST REQUIREMENTS

We accept certificates from TOEFL or IELTS as official language tests.

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language

Master's programme and postgraduate diploma courses

575 (paper-based) - 232 (computer-based) - 90 (internet based)

PhD programme

600 (paper-based) - 250 (computer-based) - 100 (internet-based)

IHS Institutional TOEFL code: 7633.
More information: www.toefl.org 

Please note: TOEFL ITP will not be accepted as a proof of English proficiency for IHS.

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

Master’s programme and postgraduate diploma courses 

min.6.5, no sub-test lower than 5.5 (Writing sub-test at least 6.0)

PhD programme

min.7, no sub-test lower than (Writing sub-test at least 6.5)

More information: www.ielts.org

Students who have completed their studies in English previously:

If you have previously completed a full university degree through the English medium you may not necessarily need to provide a proof of English language test completion. In such cases students can submit the following for consideration:

  • An example of a previously submitted, substantial essay or thesis in English.
  • Confirmation from the institution that the language of instruction was entirely in the English medium.

Important note for Chinese applicants:

Chinese applicants are required to apply for a “Nuffic Certificate”. This is a document that provides an assessment of the applicant’s English language proficiency as well as of the educational degrees and diplomas that are required to be eligible for an entry visa to the Netherlands. Nuffic sends this certificate directly to IHS once it has been issued. Please go to http://www.nuffic.nl/nuffic-certificate for more detailed information.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The IHS Academic Selection Committee will review your application and decide the admission status to the programme of your choice. While assessing your application, we use the following selection criteria to determine whether you will be able to successfully complete the Master’s programme or a postgraduate diploma course:

  • Relevance of your previous education
  • Academic performance and the quality of the university
  • Relevant professional experience in urban field
  • Motivation
  • Command of English language

For your motivational essay (Master’s programme application only), we will further look into:

  • Clarity and relevance of the problem
  • Logic of the essay and the development of the argument
  • Originality of ideas
  • Well-informed (incorporates relevant facts)
  • Clarity on what type of knowledge is sought after at IHS
  • Academic writing skills