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Urban Management and Development Theories, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 3 months
University rank #70 (WUR) ,
The Urban Management and Development Theories course from Erasmus University Rotterdam is designed for individuals who are contributing or would like to contribute to the holistic and equitable sustainable development of cities.


The Urban Management and Development Theories course from Erasmus University Rotterdam provides a set of carefully selected urban management and development theories that you will see reflected through practice in major cities during academic excursions in the Netherlands. You will witness how gentrification, urban heritage, green cities and other important theories can be applied to help manage cities. UMDT is also useful for practitioners who wish to exchange experiences with international students and experts; and who wish to refine their expertise.

UMDT is interactive and you will learn through practice. During the course you learn how to critically evaluate theories and assess their relevance to the conditions of your city. Through theoretical underpinning by the end of the course you will learn how to analyse urban policies, adopt a multi-stakeholder approach, analyse governance and planning structures and integrate multiple theories with an understanding of their physical impact on city formation.

On successful completion of the course you will receive 16.5 ECTs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Course takes place: 1 October – 21 December 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 3 months
  • Credits
    16 ECTS
    16.5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Innovative teaching methods are used to provide efficient and enjoyable learning. In addition to classroom lectures learning activities include individual and group assignments, workshops, presentations, discussions and educational games and most importantly theory based excursions.

During the excursions you will be taken to selected areas in the cities where you will see a reflection of the theories that you study in the classroom. 

The main subjects in the course are urban theories, urban governance and policy planning, local government finance and investments and academic writing on urban theories.


If you are an urban professional with at least 2 years working or research experience looking for an opportunity to boost your academic learning while applying it to practice then this course is right for you.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    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

  • At least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to the chosen course
  • At least 2 years working experience relevant to the chosen course
  • Proof of a sufficient command of English
  • Motivational statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5750 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5750 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.

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.


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