International Course on Housing and Urban Development


   3 months


   3 January – 29 March 2018

Tuition Fee




IHS application deadline   

   02 December 2017**

Admissions Information

   Requirements and application procedure

NFP information

   Procedure and deadlines

Abbreviation code

   ICHUD 2018

Course information

Course coordinator

   Ellen Geurts

Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.

** If you require a visa, we advise you to apply at least one month before the IHS application deadline.

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Designed for urban professionals with at least 3 years of working or research experience, this course offers the opportunity to join part of the specialization period of the MSc programme in Urban Management and Development. Participants can tailor the study programme to their own needs and interest by choosing one of the six offered specialization courses. 

Course outline

The course is structured over three periods as follows:

1. Introductory Period
A common, one and a half week introductory period, with activities that introduce key issues of urban policy, management and governance, and preparing a common ground of trends and innovations in all six fields of the specializations offered, : Land, Environment & Climate Change, Economic Development, Housing and Social Development, Infrastructure & Services and Planning.

2. Specialisation Period

There is one long period for a specialisation course. Participants have to choose one of the following six specializations:

The modules of the master program guarantee the academic depth of the study, while at the same time complementary activities of more practical focus are build in the programme to link the learning to your own work environment.

Participants will be assessed on the basis of a written exam at the end of each course and in this way can acquire academic credits for a MSc course.

3. Closing Period
During the 2 weeks closing period, students will be examined and graded as well as finalize and present their individual study papers.

The course addresses internationally oriented and globally diverse professionals, with a wealth of experience:
•    Urban professionals with 3 years of working or researching experience
•    Middle and senior level policy makers and practitioners
•    Professionals working for Government and NGOs
•    Professionals in private sector organizations
•    Professionals in educational institutes


The course has a practical orientation, combining field experience with conceptual frameworks and methodologies. Lecturers will introduce key topics, which will be reinforced by readers, case studies, group discussions, assignments and exercises designed to draw on the accumulated expertise of the students.

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.