95th International Course on Housing and Urban Development (ICHUD)

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This is to inform you about 3- Months International Course on Housing and Urban Development offered by IHS.

Duration of the course: 3 Months
Course date: February 2013 – May 2013
Degree Awarded: Post Graduate Diploma
Tution Fees: EURO 5,500

3-month post-graduate diploma course

Applicants have to select one of the following seven specialisations in offer:

  • Land Development Strategies
  • Financing Urban Infrastructure
  • Urban Environment Management
  • Urban Infrastructure & Energy Management
  • Housing Development Strategies
  • Urban & Regional Development Strategies
  • Urban Social Development

In these courses, we offer the opportunity to join two modules of the specialisation period of the master programme: one module in the specialisation of your choice, and one elective module allowing you to tailor the study program to your own needs and interest. 
The modules of the master program guarantee the academic depth of the study, while at the same time complementary activities of more practical focus are build in the program to link the learning to your own work environment.

Who is it for?

The target audience is internationally oriented, globally diverse with a wealth of experience:

  • Urban professional with 3 years of working or researching experience
  • Middle and senior level policy makers and practitioners
  • Professionals working for Government and NGOs
  • Professionals in private sector organizations
  • Professionals in educational institutes

Course structure

The course is structured over three periods as follows:

1. Foundation Module

A common, one and a half week foundation module, with activities that introduce key issues of urban policy, management and governance, and preparing a common ground of trends and innovations in all eight fields of the specialisations offered, e.g. Housing Development Strategies, Urban Environmental Management, Urban Social Development, Managing Urban Governance, Land Development Strategies, Urban and Regional Development Strategies, Urban Infrastructure Management and Urban Finance.

2. Specialisation Period

There are two periods with each a four weeks specialisation module. Participants have to follow one compulsory module in their own specialisation, while the second module is an optional to be selected from the other specialisations in offer. In this way participants can specialize in their professional field but at the same time have an opportunity to broaden their horizon in another subject of relevance and interest.

During this specialisation period the participants of the ICHUD thus split up over the selected modules and join together with the master programme students who have chosen the same modules. 
While the master students work on their thesis proposals and prepare for exams, the participants of the ICHUD are engaged in additional individual learning activities (and thus don’t sit for the exams!) that have a more applied academic orientation, where theory is directly related  to the practice and by linking the learning to their own work environment.  This will result in a so called Individual Study paper in the field of the chosen specialisation.

In between the two 4-weeks modules, the 3-month participants join together for a 1-week Action Planning module.

3. Closing Period

During the 2 weeks closing period, students finalise and present their individual study papers.

Course curriculum

The course has a practical orientation, combining field experience with conceptual frameworks and methodologies. Lecturers will introduce key topics, which will be reinforced by readers, case studies, group discussions, assignments and exercises designed to draw on the accumulated expertise of the students.


For this Diploma Course you should:

  • Have at least a Bachelor’ degree from a recognised University or similar institute
  • Have at least three years work or academic experience


Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (LILP) USA
Since 2004, the Lincoln Institute has collaborated with IHS on urban land issues. Master-level and short-term international courses on land policy and management are jointly organized.

Fellowship Option:

Fellowship from the Dutch Government (Netherlands Fellowship Programme – NFP) is available for this course . For more details on eligibility and criteria visit

You can even nominate your friends / colleagues who might be interested in the applying for this course.

Documents Required:

Application Form (See below for Download link)
Bachelor / Masters degree certificate
Bachelor / Masters degree transcripts (mark-sheet)
Letter of Reference

It would be kind of you, if you could send us the above listed documents on at the earliest.

For any further information or assistance, please feel free to contact us.

Click here to download the Application Form

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