• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The Infrastructure and Green Cities programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers the opportunity to access a unique framework that helps cities become greener, more sustainable and competitive.

About

Developed by IHS, this Green City concept views cities as broadly composed of three elements: the built, natural and anthropogenic environments. This trajectory focuses on the built environment with an emphasis on drinking water and sanitation, energy and transport sectors. 

In addition, students are also provided with the financial instruments needed to build efficient and cost-effective infrastructure networks for good service delivery. 

Besides getting a good grip of theory, students also apply it in practical exercises such as the Cheongyecheon Restoration Project, the development of a business plan, and planning a green and sustainable city in a simulated environment.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Describe the role of infrastructure in helping cities to become greener.
  • Identify and analyse the relation of urban infrastructure with land use, economic development, investment, poverty reduction and local environmental health conditions.
  • Understand and analyse the role of infrastructure asset management in delivering service according to a pre-determined level.
  • Apply performance assessment methods to identify managerial problems affecting the good delivery of services and propose recommendations.
  • Apply innovative models and mechanisms for financing urban infrastructure to deliver good services and to improve the green performance of cities

Career options 

After you graduate from the Infrastructure and Green Cities programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam, you will be an expert with an extended knowledge in the sphere of urban management and development. The career prospects of urban management development graduates are excellent. Cities are expanding increasingly fast, this means that there is a big demand in urban professionals who are able to come up with solutions and innovations that will make a big difference in a city. Once you’ve completed the programme you will be able to work in various sectors ranging from city/town planner to urban economy and finance specialist. 

IHS is a highly reputable institute with a strong reputation with donor agencies and training centres worldwide . Our lecturers have outstanding international experience and continue to work all over the world therefore creating a possibility to discuss and initiate links to programmes and projects in countries and cities of the participants.

Here are a few examples of positions taken up by our graduates:

  • Project manager circular economy at Philips
  • Urban governance and policy specialist at UN Habitat
  • Architectural consultant at Asian Development Bank
  • Spatial planning advisor at GIZ 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Urban Theory 
  • Urban Governance, Policy, Planning and Public Private Partnership
  • Local Government Finance and Investments
  • Action Planning Workshop
  • Infrastructure Asset Management
  • Sustainable Infrastructure for Green City Workshop
  • Financing Infrastructure

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Bachelor’s degree certificate and the complete grade transcripts

  • The copies should be in English language. A translated copy should be certified.
  • We require our candidates to have obtained at least second class lower, B or an equivalent.

At least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to urban development. The following studies are considered relevant to urban development.

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Infrastructure
  • Law

 Curriculum Vitae

Motivational essay: The urban challenge of your city

Proof of English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13896 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    13896 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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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.

Funding

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