Erasmus University Rotterdam

Urban Management and Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English


The MSc in Urban Management and Development is 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.

Career opportunities for Master programmeUrban Management and Development

IHS graduates work in the fields of urban academia, international consultancy, local and national governments and non-governmental organisations as lecturers, urban planners, sustainable urban development and design specialists, project managers, architects, government officials, urban policy analysis and development experts, capacity building trainers, land use advisors, renowned NGO heads and specialists and many others.

We listed some extra positions on our career opportunities page, if you want to get a better idea of what's in store for you. To see how IHS graduates are currently doing, have a look on our alumni page and read their stories on our alumni blog!

Programme Structure

The programme has 3 main periods: Core, Specialization and Thesis. Courses include:Core period
  • Urban Theory
  • Urban Governance and Urban Policy
  • Urban Planning and Public Private Partnerships
Specialization period
  • Urban Strategies and Planning (USP)
  • Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change (UESC)
  • Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure (MFUI)
  • Urban Land Governance (ULD)
  • Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR)
  • Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice (UHES)
Thesis period
  • Research Methods and Techniques
  • Urban Social-Spatial Dynamics (USP)
  • Urban Sustainability and Climate Change (UESCC)
  • Sustainable Urban Infrastructure (MFUI)
  • Equitable Urban Land Governance (ULG)
  • Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR)
  • Dynamic Urban Neighbourhoods (UHES)

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.

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  • 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

  • At least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to urban development. 
  • At least second class lower, B or equivalent.
  • Proof of a sufficient command of English
  • Working experience in a relevant field is considered an important asset during the selection procedure but it is not a prerequisite.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    13900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
€1000 tuition fee early bird discount for admitted students who submit their tuition fee by 1 June. Not applicable to scholarship awardees.

Living costs for Rotterdam

  • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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