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Strategic Urban Planning and Policy

12 months
13900 EUR/year
13900 EUR/year
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This Strategic Urban Planning and Policy programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses on how planning can respond flexibly to the urban dynamics and how various stakeholders can engage in the co-production of a commonly desired urban development.

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The Strategic Urban Planning and Policy  programme at  Erasmus University Rotterdam  addresses what strategic urban planning means in the context of rapid urbanisation, informal settlement, social deprivation, growing inequalities, and economic decline. Through the lens or urban justice, students will analyse how cities function and what the role of strategic planning and policy is in the urban development process. 

Next to learning how to do urban planning, you will also reflect on the implications different planning policies have on the socio-spatial dynamics of cities with regards to the spatial distribution of wealth, services and opportunities, representations of identities, social positions and practices in space as well as in decision-making in and about the city. 

Career options 

After you graduate you will be an expert with 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. 

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 
  • Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development
  • Director at Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and Climate Change
  • Full Professor at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Theory
  • Urban Governance, Policy, Planning and Public Private Partnership
  • Local Government Finance and Investments
  • Action Planning Workshop
  • Introduction to Development of Socio-Spatial Skills
  • Planning Theory
  • Spatial Justice Theory

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.
  • The transcripts must contain all the pages for all the study years and the grading system should be included.
  • We require our candidates to have obtained at least second class lower, B or an equivalent.

Master’s degree certificate and transcripts (if applicable)

Curriculum Vitae

Motivational essay: The urban challenge of your city

Proof of English language proficiency

Optional: Reference letters, Scholarship offer letter, Additional documents that you would like to submit in support of your application.

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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Strategic Urban Planning and Policy
Erasmus University Rotterdam