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Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development

12 months
13900 EUR/year
13900 EUR/year
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The Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers students the opportunity to tackle the complex, multi-layered challenges of land, water and natural resource management in cities. 

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These challenges are at the root of some of the most pressing concerns facing local governments: local economic development, strategic and physical planning, building social housing, providing infrastructure and basic services, and  initiating poverty reduction measures.  

The  Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development  programme at  Erasmus University Rotterdam   adopts a governance approach to these issues and it emphasizes the nature and behaviour of urban land governance as well as public and private actors that operate in urban areas such as governments, land holders, real estate developers and land brokers.

Students will analyse land governance in connection to: land rights and the rule of law; land markets and finance; and the concept of urban resilience in relation to integrated land, water and natural resource management.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Identify, propose and present strategies (regulations, policies, programmes and instruments) to solve problems associated with land rights, tenure and access to land issues in urban and peri-urban areas.

  • Analyse the nature of complexity in urban land markets, and the need for integrated, cross-jurisdiction solutions to land and environmental challenges.

  • Evaluate the multi-faceted principles of “resilience” and “risk” and the application of these principles to land use, water management and environmental policies in urban areas.

Career options 

After you graduate 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 include:

  • Urban Theory 
  • Local Government Finance and Investments
  • Action Planning Workshop
  • Land Rights and the Rules of Law
  • Land Markets and Finance
  • Land, Water and Natural Resources

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Early Bird: 15 April 






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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

    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

    13900 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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