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Urban Economic Development & Resilience 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

Urban Economic Development: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Master track

The Urban Economic Development and Resilience programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers students the opportunity to gain insight into the fundamental urban and regional processes related to economic development and resilience. Case-study examples and contemporary literature explain urban governance from an economic perspective by showcasing how cities grow and perform economically at a regional and global level. Students will work with real databases and use statistical software to learn how to translate economic theory into concrete analyses.

By the end of the track, students will learn to identify criteria to assess urban and regional economic policy effectiveness using quantitative methods for evaluation as well as perform these analyses on various spatial scales: from countries to regions to neighbourhoods to households and individuals. In addition, students will be able to interpret real-world data to deliver innovative solutions for economic resilience in the context of an unstable global economic climate.

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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