Urban Governance

Erasmus University Rotterdam

12 months
14900 EUR/year
2083 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Urban Governance programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a varied set of courses (obligatory and elective), seminars, working groups sessions, and a series of guest lectures by internationally well-known scholars.


The Urban Governance programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam provides courses and training in real life settings giving an opportunity to learn and practice scientific and managerial skills. It includes a variety of teaching methodologies aimed at interaction between teachers and students, between students and practitioners and between students themselves.

Next to general lectures given by leading scholars in the field, pedagogical games such as action planning, fieldwork and excursions are part of the teaching methods. 

The courses provide the most recent theoretical and empirical insights in urban governance. 

Practical and professional skills are developed in the urban governance labs, including working group sessions and seminars. Inspirational guest lectures enable a knowledge and experience transfer from experts in the field. The urban governance labs are further used to build group identity among the students.

Career opportunities

After completing this master track you are able to analyse urban governance issues and processes. You know how to design interactive governance strategies to tackle urban issues and to act as a broker and advisor in urban development projects. You are educated to organise and manage the necessary processes to tackle these problems and develop solutions.

Possible positions

Graduates will be suitable candidates for positions as a:

  • member of a project team that works on large urban development projects (such as city center restructuring, the extension of a city’s port area or the regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods);
  • government official working on urban strategies (e.g.  dealing with climate change, citizen initiatives, sustainable energy, social innovation) and urban planning at the local, regional or national level;
  • government or private party official working in public-private partnerships on increasing urban sustainability;

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban governance
  • Governing global economic growth and innovation
  • Policy innovation in complex systems
  • Working groups urban governance lab
  • Strategic public management
  • Managing interactive governance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






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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.

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

You are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree (comparable to the Dutch academic level according to the standards of the Dutch Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic)) from a research university in the following fields of studies:

  • Public Administration;
  • Political Science;
  • Sociology.

A Bachelor’s degree in other disciplines related to public administration and societal processes, such as economics, environmental sciences, urban management/planning and urban studies may give access to Urban Governance

Proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • €2.083 (Statutory fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €11.900 (Institutional fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • Funding

    For the applicants of the various degree programmes of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam the following funding possibilities are available:

    • Tuition waivers for excellent non-EEA applicants. Opens external
    • Holland Scholarship for excellent non-EEA applicantsOpens external.

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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