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Infrastructure & Green Cities Master Track

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
October 2021

October 2022

October 2023

Program description

Infrastructure & Green Cities Master Track

The Infrastructure and Green Cities specialisation track within the M.Sc. in Urban Management and Development addresses the planning, management and finance of urban infrastructure using a smart and green infrastructure lens. The track focuses on topics such as public transportation, drinking water, sanitation and waste management, (renewable) energy and digital infrastructure, including technologies related to ‘smart city’ solutions.

Participants will learn to plan, manage, evaluate and prolong the life of infrastructure projects to better respond to current and future technological and climate change challenges in an urban setting. The track focuses on theories of change and stability, and cities as urban systems. Taking a sectoral approach, participants will work with the practical aspects of infrastructure planning, contracting and maintenance. In addition, the track highlights how infrastructure interacts with societies. More specifically, it looks at the reciprocal interaction between humans and technology in urban systems. For instance, traffic sensors can ease city management but what are the moral and privacy issues for citizens in the use of this technology?

Participants will be asked to think critically and to question what are seemingly acceptable trends in thinking and practices: a narrow road can be an issue as it causes congestion but would widening it be the only solution? Or are there alternative, greener ways to access the city? Finally, the course uses a mixture of theory and practice to maximise the application of key concepts in the participants’ local context.

Admission requirements

This course is ideal for fresh graduates and working professionals with one of the following backgrounds:

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Infrastructure, Natural resources, Political Science, Public Administration, Real Estate, Social Science, Urban Studies and Urban planning.

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. The requirements and the procedure apply to all six specialization tracks.

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Scholarships & funding

This programme qualifies for the following scholarships:

  • Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) 
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship

Program delivery


Tuition fees

  • Statutory fee: Dutch / EEA students: €14.200 
  • Institutional fee: Dutch / EEA students: €14.200 
  • Institutional fee: non-EEA students: €14.200 

Career opportunities

You will graduate as an expert with specialist knowledge in the sphere of urban management and development. The career prospects of urban management development graduates are excellent. Cities are expanding increasingly fast, this means that there is an ever-growing demand for urban professionals who are able to come up with solutions and innovations that will make a difference in a city. Once you have completed the programme you will be able to work in various sectors ranging from city/town planner to urban project manager, or urban development specialist.

IHS is a highly reputable institute with a strong reputation with donor agencies and training centers worldwide. Our lecturers have outstanding international experience and continue to work all over the world, therefore, creating a possibility to discuss and initiate links to programmes and projects in countries and cities of the participants.

Here are a few examples of positions taken up by our graduates:

  • Project manager circular economy at Philips
  • Urban governance and policy specialist at UN-Habitat
  • Architectural consultant at Asian Development Bank
  • Spatial planning advisor at GIZ
  • Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development
  • Director at Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and Climate Change
  • Full Professor at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

About this institute

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is home to a vast diversity of study programs and scientific disciplines: Public Administration, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology and Sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and...

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The multidisciplinary nature of the programme has changed my perspective on urban issues and helped me approach them in a more realistic way.
The multidisciplinary nature of the programme has changed my perspective on urban issues and helped me approach them in a more realistic way.
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