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Urban Housing, Equity & Social Justice 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 Housing, Equity & Social Justice Master track

The Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development,which offers students the opportunity to assess the provision of housing in relation to equity and socio-spatial justice. Equity in housing is seen as the role that policies and institutional frameworks in recognising and meeting people’s housing needs under their circumstances.

Social justice in housing is concerned with ensuring that housing is universally considered a basic need and a human right. It strives to evaluate the redistribution of housing-related benefits and the procedures behind realising adequate housing for all.

Students of the master track will learn how rapid urbanisation processes trigger inequality, informality and injustice. The results of these developments in urban areas often manifest in informal settlements, displacement and resettlement in inappropriate locations, gentrification, spatial segregation and gated communities among other socio-spatial injustices. The master track also pays special attention to inclusive land governance aspects.

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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I really enjoyed the interactive pedagogical simulations, including a community action planning workshop based on real-life cases
I really enjoyed the interactive pedagogical simulations, including a community action planning workshop based on real-life cases
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Based on 2 reviews.

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