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Urban Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change Master track

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

Rotterdam
October 2022

Rotterdam
October 2023

Program description

Urban Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change Master track

The Urban Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which offers students the opportunity to learn to apply the most innovative analytical tools used to promote sustainable, smart and resilient cities.

It focuses on how cities can achieve sustainability from a social, economic and environmental perspective, what are the most innovative initiatives being undertaken by sustainable, smart, and resilient cities, , how to implement effective and efficient urban adaptation and mitigation initiatives, and how cities can achieve a higher level of resilience. These topics are analysed from different perspectives including governance and financial arrangements, the analysis of decision making structures and processes, the management of transition and change processes, as well as different methodologies tools and techniques – from analysis and assessment to planning and implementation and monitoring and evaluation . However, this clear focus does not prevent the UESC specialization from being characterized by the necessary flexibility to respond to the specific interests and learning objectives of the participants.

Furthermore, the specialisation uniquely allows students to gain essential technical skills related to geographical information systems and large data sets analysis using software such as ArcGIS, QGIS and R.

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

On-sight

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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Max
(5)
This programme has provided me with the opportunity to work within diverse multi-cultural teams, and to explore and develop innovative strategies for urban development while interacting with local stakeholders of Rotterdam.
Max
(5)
This programme has provided me with the opportunity to work within diverse multi-cultural teams, and to explore and develop innovative strategies for urban development while interacting with local stakeholders of Rotterdam.
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