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MSc in Urban Management and Development: Specialisation Urban Social Development (UMD8-S)

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Language of education
English (100%)
12 months
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Type of institution
Institute for International Education

Program description

The MSc in Urban Management and Development: Urban Social Development aims to enable participants to analyze and develop social policies based on social development paradigms instead of social services.

By following this specialization your skills will be developed on the formulation and implementation of integrated urban social policies, taking the coping strategies of the urban poor as the starting point.

The core of the master analyzes Urban Development Challenges and Management Solutions in order to Make Cities Work. The specialization focuses on Urban Sociology; Trends and Paradigms in Social Policies; Poverty; Social Exclusion and Household Strategies; Governance; Institutional Frameworks and Practices of Social Policy Implementation. An optional module can be selected.

Urban Social Development Course Content

The MSc in Urban Management and Development: Urban Social Development consist of participative lecture sessions, group work, site-visits, self study & case work. Examples will be given on implementation of social policies & services including partnerships & participatory approaches. Two research projects with fieldwork in Rotterdam. Participants will conduct research & write their thesis, non-compulsory in their home country, within the Urban Social Development specialization.

Urban Social Development Course Objectives

The Urban Social Development specialization enables you to analyze and develop social policies based on new social development paradigms. It develops skills in the formulation and implementation of integrated urban social policies.

Urban Social Development Related Specializations

The Urban Social Development specialization is part of the the MSc Urban Management and Development program. Besides this specialization IHS offers a range of other related courses such as the Financing Urban Infrastructure course.  

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Urban Social Development Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Urban Social Development specialization will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at IHS.

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About the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an international centre of excellence of the School of Economics (ESE) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. IHS operates on a global scale by offering postgraduate education, training, advisory services and applied research.

IHS was selected as the winner for the 2007 UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award for leading the way as a global center of excellence and knowledge through its high quality training programmes in housing, urban management and urban environmental management and planning.

In 2008 IHS celebrated its 50th anniversary of assisting countries, cities and institutions to find suitable approaches to housing and sustainable urban development, and strengthen their capacity to implement them.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Professional experience

At least 1 year of work experience.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6, IELTS listening: 5.5, IELTS reading: 5.5, IELTS writing: 5.5, IELTS speaking: 5.5, TOEFL paper based: 550, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 79

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