• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The MSc in Urban Management and Development offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam offers you the chance to earn your degree from a top 100 university, learn from urban policy advisers and real-life cases, connect with like-minded people from all over the world and expand your network, and tailor your study by choosing from six (6) different specialisations. 

In a nutshell, urban management is a very complex process that encompasses multi-level strategies, activities and instruments designed to create safe, inclusive, resilient, accessible and sustainable cities. Successful urban management means, for one,  to ensure sound policies on infrastructure as well as tools to secure finances for implementing these policies. 

It can be that the resources and services, which citizens need, are available and divided equitably among the population; or that interests of the different stakeholders, especially of the inhabitants, are well represented and factored in the decision-making process of the local authorities. 

For a city to work, one needs sound policies that generate and regulate investments and partnerships to ensure the financial health of cities. This way, a city can improve its social, environmental and economic climate, offer more livelihood options and support small & medium scale entrepreneurship and other local economic development actions. 

Improving living conditions means having affordable and accessible housing options and considering environmental sustainability, waste management, green area conservation and last but not least, climate change mitigation and adaptation. All these aspects need to be planned and managed at a local administration level, but with a broader context in mind.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this master are managers who are well trained in strategic planning, policy development, governance, communication, negotiation, research and economic analysis. You will be equipped with the knowledge to be an innovative urban manager. You will have a broad knowledge regarding urban issues, policies and trends from local and international perspectives that are in different geographical contexts and social environments. 

After graduation you will be able to apply new methodologies and techniques in your work. You will be able to incorporate some of the new innovative approaches and concepts that you learned. You will also be able to effectively plan, manage and define tasks for others. Having studied in the international IHS environment you will be able to collaborate with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Theory and "Gaining from Land Use Transactions - GLUT" interactive workshop
  • Local Government Finance and Investments
  • Urban Governance, Policy, Planning and  Public Private Partnerships
  • Action planning workshop
  • Urban Strategies and Planning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Early bird application deadline:

    • EU/EEA & Non-EU/EEA – 30th of April
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    68 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

At least second class lower, B or equivalent.

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).

  • At least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to urban development. 
  • At least second class lower, B or equivalent.
  • If English is not your mother tongue an English language test or, in some cases, other proof of English proficiency is required.
  • Working experience in a relevant field is considered an important asset during the selection procedure but it is not a prerequisite.

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.


Some of these scholarships available:

  • Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme;
  • Holland scholarship;
  • Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP);
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship;
  • Organisation of American States/OAS Scholarship;
  • Sallie Mae;
  • StuNed Scholarship Program.

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