Urban Management and Development Theories

Urban Management and Development Theories (UMDT) is designed for individuals who are contributing or would like to contribute to the holistic and equitablesustainable development of cities. It guides participants through economic, social and environmental urban theories and links these to the latest management theories, including theories on policies, plans, finances and governance structures. It offers the knowledge to analyse urban development and to manage the cities of the future.

What will I learn?

The course 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 and refine their expertise with international students and experts. The course is interactive and you will learn through practice. During the course you will learn how to critically evaluate theories and assess their relevance to the conditions of your city. By the end of the course you will learn how to analyse urban policies, adopt a multi-stakeholder approach, analyse governance, and plan 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.

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, students go to the selected areas in the cities where they see a practical reflection of the theories they've studied. 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.


Postgraduate Diploma


The multidisciplinary project is conducted with local stakeholders in the Netherlands and in particular with the municipality of Rotterdam and Smart City Amsterdam. The City of Rotterdam and Ministry of Dutch Culture provide important content of this course.

Admission requirements

• At least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to the chosen course;

• English language test results required (either TOEFL or IELTS).

TOEFL Score: paper-based: 575, computer-based: 232, internet-based: 90 (with writing subtestat least 20)

IELTS Score: 6.5, no sub-test lower than 5.5 (Writing sub-test at least 6.0)

• At least 2 years of work experience relevant to the course.

Submit your inquiry to find out more about the course dates, scholarship opportunities and other practical details. Rotterdam is waiting for you!

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Last updated May 29, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 30, 2019
5,750 EUR
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