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Urban Management, Development and Theory

Degree type
Language of education
English (100%)
3 months
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Type of institution
Institute for International Education

Program description

The Urban Management and Development and Theory course offers the latest theory on urban development and management. It guides participants through economic, social and environmental urban theories and links these to the latest management theories, including theories on policies, plans, finances and governance structures. It offers the knowledge to analyse urban development and to manage the cities of the future.

The Urban Management, Development and Theory course can be attended as a short course or as a Master of Science over three years. In the latter case, this course comprises the first year of the masters. The second year allows participants to specialize during a period of four months; and the third year comprises research methods and a thesis. The second year can partly be attended by e-learning and the last year can be fully attended from home, supervised from a distance. Hence, you can acquire a fully-accredited masters by being away for only 6 months spread over two years.

By the end of the course, participants know the latest theories on urban management and development. They will be able to critically evaluate these theories and assess their relevance for the local condition. With this theoretical underpinning, participants will be enabled to analyse urban policies, argue a multi stakeholder approach, analyse governance and planning structures and develop neighborhood action plans.

Course Curriculum & Structure
The Urban Management, Development and Theory course joins the first three months of the Master of Science in Urban Management and Development. It comprises 7 courses of about two weeks each (total of 18 ECTS). Urban Development Theories, including development theory, city life cycle, urban competitiveness, urban networking and informality.

  • Urban Policy and Planning, including the policy cycle, participative planning and action planning
  • Local Government Finance
  • Economic and Financial Analysis
  • Urban Social Studies
  • Public Management
  • Sustainable Cities and Climate Change

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.

More information about Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies 

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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