About IHS

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an award-winning (UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour) specialist institute delivering education, research, and advisory services in urban development based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (or Holland). Part of the highly-ranked Erasmus University Rotterdam (#70 globally: Times Higher Education) IHS works to improve urban spaces around the world. Here at IHS we are always looking for talented and driven individuals who wish to enhance their expertise in urban management, governance and development.

What we offer

MSc in Urban Management and Development

The MSc in Urban Management and Development is a 12-month English-taught programme offered in six master tracks. This structure allows IHS students to specialise within their chosen field whilst benefiting from a broader understanding of sustainable urban management offered at IHS. The MSc is designed to equip students with the skills to solve contemporary urban issues in their countries through progressive policymaking. A key feature of the programme is the use of comparative methodologies to discuss urban issues, policies and trends from around the world. Next to high-quality academic content, the programme includes an intensive skills stream designed to equip the students with job-market demanded skills such as knowledge of popular data analysis software (e.g. R, GIS) and negotiation skills.

MSc in Public Administration: Urban Governance

The Urban Governance master track is offered in collaboration with the Erasmus School of Social & Behavioural Sciences. The programme offers a varied set of courses (obligatory and elective), seminars, working groups sessions, and a series of guest lectures by internationally well-known scholars. Furthermore, you conduct your own research project (thesis) in which you apply theories and social scientific research methods to examine urban governance issues.

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Student Life

Our programmes are challenging and intense and we offer IHS students numerous ways to learn and develop professionally through a mix of lectures, field visits, real-life case studies, career workshops and more. Throughout the year the Alumni Relations office organises a variety of events and workshops with the aim to give you training and to keep you informed on the latest developments and trends around careers in urban management and development.

The Netherlands has become a popular destination for international students looking to study overseas. With its international feel, famously open-minded culture and many expat communities it is no wonder that there are currently students from 160 countries studying in the Netherlands.

Read more about the Student Life at IHS here.

Available Programmes

Bookmark Course Programme Degree Level Duration Tuition
Urban Planning & Land Management MSc in Urban Management & Development: Strategic Urban Planning & Policies Masters 1 year € 14,900 (EEA & Non-EEA candidates)
Urban Planning & Land Management MSc in Urban Management & Development: Urban Housing, Equity & Justice Masters 1 year € 14,900 (EEA & Non-EEA candidates)
Urban Planning & Land Management MSc in Urban Management & Development: Land Management: Law, Finance, Real Estate and Natural Resources Masters 1 year € 14,900 (EEA & Non-EEA candidates)
Urban Planning & Land Management MSc in Urban Management & Development: Urban Economic Development: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Masters 1 year € 14,900 (EEA & Non-EEA candidates)
Urban Planning & Land Management MSc in Urban Management & Development: Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change Masters 1 year € 14,900 (EEA & Non-EEA candidates)
Urban Planning & Land Management MSc in Urban Management & Development: Infrastructure and Smart Cities Masters 1 year € 14,900 (EEA & Non-EEA candidates)
Urban Planning & Land Management MSc in Public Administration: Urban Governance Masters 1 year € 2,168 (Statutory fee: Dutch / EEA students); € 12,300 (Institutional fee: Dutch / EEA students); € 15,500 (Institutional fee: non-EEA students)

FAQs

Does IHS offer scholarships?

IHS does not offer any scholarships, however you are more than welcome
to apply for fellowships by other funding bodies for which the IHS programmes
are eligible for. You will find a non-exhaustive list on our website.

Where can I check the Admission requirements?

You can check IHS’ requirements on this page. More specific information on our Master programme requirements can be found here by choosing the Master track you are most interested in.

When will I receive an admission decision?

The duration of assessment varies per academic course. Please check the admission page of the academic course for the accurate information.

Assessment may take longer at certain times of the year such as summer and winter vacations or if your application is incomplete. You will get an email with the necessary information once you have successfully submitted your online application.

Are there any registration fees?

Applying to IHS is free and no registration fees apply.

Will I learn on-site or online? How will the classes be organized?

As long as we are allowed and respecting current social distancing rules, we will deliver eight contact lectures in groups of 25 students, per week. 50% of these will be face to face and the other 50% will be for students who can’t join physically and will join online. Memberships of the face to face groups will be rotated. If no social distancing rules will be in force, we will be able to deliver all our lectures in-person.

We can’t predict what will happen this autumn but we at IHS are trying to keep our students well informed and being completely transparent especially since our master’s attracts mainly international students.

If your question was not answered, please refer to our FAQ webpage.

Address

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Mandeville (T) Building, 14th floor, 3062 PA Rotterdam

The Netherlands