Urban Management and Development Theories, Short Course

Urban Management and Development Theories, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 3 months
University rank #72 (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.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: 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 3 months
  • Credits
    16 ECTS
    16.5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

How will I learn?

UMDT participants attend the first three months of the UMD programme which gives you the opportunity to experience a sample of IHS’ respected master’s programme.

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.

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

We welcome applications from prospective students with a wide variety of backgrounds, all related to the field of urban management and development. Each application is considered carefully, taking the individual potential of the applicant into account. Before you start your application, please read the application procedure and admissions information carefully.

  • 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

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    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 Applies to you

    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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