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Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development 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

Land Management: Law, Finance, Real Estate and Natural Resources Master track

The Land Management: Law, Finance, Real Estate and Natural Resources programme is a specialisation track within the MSc in Urban Management and Development, which focuses on the legal, social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainable land management. Land is at the heart of sustainable urban development. How we manage, regulate and develop land directly impacts the future of our cities. Yet, in the face of rapid urbanisation, local governments and communities are struggling to ensure that growth is equitable, sustainable, and resilient.

Governing land and natural resources would not be feasible without the understanding and utilization of the law to develop inclusive legal frameworks. Students will focus on land rights and the rule of law and familiarise themselves with legal instruments to ensure equitable access to property as well as property rights and tenure. Particular attention is also paid to the absence of rule of law: land conflicts, water grabbing, displacement, segregation and gentrification are all discussed.

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 international atmosphere at IHS made me feel like I'm in one big family. I really enjoyed the innovative learning methods that used games to deepen understanding.
The international atmosphere at IHS made me feel like I'm in one big family. I really enjoyed the innovative learning methods that used games to deepen understanding.
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