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Urban Governance

Erasmus University Rotterdam

12 months
15500 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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Do you wonder what role cities play in discovering answers to social issues such as poverty, climate change, health, unemployment, and terrorism? Then this Urban Governance master track at Erasmus University Rotterdam is the right choice for you. 

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This Urban Governance master track is part of the Master of Science in Public Administration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. A unique asset of this master track is the collaboration between the Department of Public Administration of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB) and the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).

What is this master track about?

Cities are complex, challenging and fast-growing. They are major economic and development drivers that generate vast amounts of wealth and are home to more than half of the world’s population (estimated to be closer to 70% by 2050). Cities are at the heart of cultural, social and political innovation. 

They play a key role in discovering answers to societal issues such as sustainability, poverty, inequality, housing, migration, social segregation and urban growth in a just way. Sustainable governance policies are crucial to securing global resilience to these issues and to secure the well-being of people who live inside and outside of cities.

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 policies in relation to sustainability, mobility and planning at the local, regional, national or international level;
  • government or private party official working in public-private partnerships on infrastructure projects or climate adaptation strategies;
  • advisor working for a non-profit organisation, such as a housing corporation, a health care organisation or a big social enterprise working on neighbourhood development;
  • policy consultant or advisor for a consultancy firm dealing with urban development issues or designing co-production processes between users and providers of urban services.
  • researcher or adviser working for a knowledge institute working on themes like smart mobility

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

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General requirements

You are eligible for admission to the master’s programme Public Administration if you have obtained a relevant Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree* from a research university that includes at least 7.5 EC in social science research methods and techniques, in the following fields of studies: 

  • Public Administration 
  • Sociology 
  • Political Science 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • €12,300 (Institutional fee: Dutch / EEA students)

Living costs for Rotterdam

760 - 1265 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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