• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

Overview

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

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.
  • 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

    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

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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