Urban Management Tools for Climate Change, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 19 days
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #72 (WUR) ,
Cities are increasingly expected to undertake concrete actions to adapt to sea level rise, floods, droughts and other natural disasters exacerbated by climate change and climate variability. Urban Management Tools for Climate Change course is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.


The planning and implementation of low carbon development strategies should support also national plans, contribute to climate change mitigation as well as result in other multiple local benefits.

Mixing state of the art knowledge on climate change adaptation, resilience and low carbon development with hands-on tools for urban practitioners and on-site visits, the course offers participants the opportunity to learn the approaches, unlocking climatic challenges faced by cities today. Jointly run with the UN-Habitat, this course from Erasmus University Rotterdam introduces climate change as an integral part of sustainability and the main strategies for mitigation and adaptation.


By the end of the Urban Management Tools for Climate Change course participants will gain understanding and ability to apply key components of climate change planning with attention to vulnerability assessment,

GHG emission inventories, climate action prioritization and climate change action plans. They will also learn to analyse low carbon urban development options and test their ability to negotiate climate action strategies under climatic uncertainty. Finally they will better understand the opportunities and challenges that cities have in relation to securing funds and mainstreaming climate change policies and actions into existing plans.

CLIMACT Prio tool & Climate techwiki

The Climate Actions Prioritization (CLIMACT Prio) tool, developed by IHS, is a climate decision support and capacity building tool for the prioritization and assessment of climate mitigation and/or adaptation actions at a local level. Climate Tech-Wiki offers detailed information on a broad set of mitigation and adaptation technologies and actions within the wider context of low emission and low vulnerability development. Participants will have the chance to use the CLIMACT Prio tool and Climate Tech-wiki database in combination with different material and case studies from the Cities in Climate Change Initiative programme of UN – Habitat.

IHS is proud to announce that this course is jointly developed with UN-HABITAT.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date If you require a visa, we advise you to apply at least one month before the IHS application deadline. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 19 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Module 1: Introduction to Climate Change and Vulnerability.
  • Module 2: Climate change adaptation: Land, water and disaster management.
  • Module 3: Climate change mitigation: Energy, transport and carbon markets.
  • Module 4: Local climate change action plans

For more information, please visit the course 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 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

The application process is done by the IHS. Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? Make use of the IHS online application system. 

For more information, please visit the course website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per year and a duration of 19 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per year and a duration of 19 days.
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Living costs for Rotterdam

  • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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