Erasmus University Rotterdam

Urban Management and Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition Fee
    12900 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    12900 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English


The MSc in Urban Management and Development offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam. Cities face new challenges every day. In order to remain sustainable and competitive, they need progressive urban managers with skills in strategic planning, governance and policy development, economic and financial analysis.

It will prepare you to understand and tackle the social, economic, environmental and physical challenges with which contemporary urban policymakers are faced. As a UMD student, you can tailor your programme to your interests by specializing in one of the six areas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Urban Theory | Gaining from Land Use Transactions Game
  • Part 2 - workshops
  • Part 3 - GLUT game
  • Urban Governance and Urban Policy
  • Urban Planning and Public Private Partnerships
  • Urban Strategies and Planning (USP)
  • Urban Environment and Climate Change (UECC)
  • Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure (MFUI)
  • Urban Land Development (ULD)
  • Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR)
  • Urban Housing and Livelihoods (UHL)
  • Research Methods and Techniques
  • Self-Organizing Cities
  • Urban Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Sustainable Urban Infrastructure
  • Land Value
  • Capture
  • Urban Competitiveness and Resilience
  • Dynamic Urban Neighbourhoods

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements


  • To have at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to the chosen course.
  • To have the ability to interact and work with people from very diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Bonus! If you have working experience in a relevant field, this can give you extra points during the selection procedure.

If you have previously studied in English, you don't need to take an official exam. Instead, just provide the following documents:

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12900 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12900 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

Admitted applicants who submit their tuition fee for the master’s programme before 1 June benefit from a tuition fee reduction of €500 and at the same time secure their place in the programme.

  • Early bird payment deadline: 1/06/17

Living costs for Rotterdam

760 - 1,270 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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