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Strategic Urban Planning & Policy Master track

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

October 2022

October 2023

Program description

Strategic Urban Planning & Policies Master Track

The Strategic Urban Planning and Policies programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which links theory and practice by working with concepts, theories, and tools of urban planning and policies, governance, spatial justice and sustainability.

The track addresses the role of urban planning in the context of rapid urbanisation, informal settlements, social deprivation, growing inequalities, and economic decline. Through the lens or urban justice, students will analyse how cities function and what the strategic planning and policies  contribute to steered urban development processes.

Next to learning how to engage and apply urban planning and policy instruments, you will also reflect on the implications different planning approaches have on the socio-spatial dynamics of cities. You will study how the spatial distribution of wealth, services and opportunities, representations of identities, social practices in space and in decision-making impact the city.

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: €14.20

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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IHS’ inspiring environment which connects people from different cultures and professional backgrounds is the embodiment of ‘unity in diversity’.
Hala Abi
IHS’ inspiring environment which connects people from different cultures and professional backgrounds is the embodiment of ‘unity in diversity’.
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