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Certificate course in

Introduction to Urban Planning and Management

Certification Certificate Location Start Duration EC Tuition fee Registration deadline NFP/MENA registration deadline Register
Certificate Netherlands 04 Dec 2017 3 weeks 5 EUR 1000 16 Oct 2017 Not applicable Register


This course is aimed to develop a critical understanding of urban planning and management based on academic discourses, the international development agenda and participants' own experiences. In addition participants will develop a spatial understanding of a specific urban issue in the participants' home country by applying knowledge and skills in spatial information handling. The role of spatial data and information systems in urban planning and management will be highlighted and illustrated throughout the course.

What will be achieved

  • Distinguish different definitions and approaches of urban planning and management (contexts; regions; levels
  • Understanding of contemporary urban planning theories and systems
  • Identify the critical issues in the practice of urban planning and management (a.o. based on participants' experiences)
  • Critically reflect on the meaning and relevance of issues on the international development agenda
  • Describe the role of spatial data and information systems in urban planning and management
  • Develop a spatial understanding of a specific urban issue
  • Collect, process and analyse spatial data to report on specific urban issues

What's the course content?

Definitions and approaches of urban planning and management

  • Definitions and concepts in spatial planning
  • Spatial planning in different regions around the world
  • Spatial planning in the Netherlands
  • Planning in the global south
  • Planning and decision making (overview of models, methods & techniques)

Contemporary urban planning theories and systems 

  • Spatial planning theory
  • Planning law
  • National planning systems
  • Strategic planning

Practice of urban planning and management

  • Cases/projects of urban planning and management
  • Planning processes
  • Participants' own experiences
  • Ongoing PhD and MSc research at ITC
  • Participatory planning
  • Group decision room

Planning and development

  • International development debate
  • Urban and land agenda in the international development debate 
  • Relevant international organizations in the new urban agenda

Spatial data and information systems in urban planning and management 

  • Spatial data and governance
  • Municipal information systems

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course.

Along with your Certificate you will receive a Course Record providing all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states for each module: the module code, number, subject, ECTS credits, exam date, location and the mark awarded.

If the certificate course is part of the Postgraduate or Master’s programme at ITC and if you decide to take the full programme at ITC, you will be exempted from the module(s) you followed successfully as a certificate course.

Admission requirements

Academic level and background
Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.

The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

English language
As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite. If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test. Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.

English language tests: minimum requirements
Only internationally recognised test results are accepted.

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet-based Test 79-80
British Council / IELTS 6.0
Cambridge CPE/CAE

Computer skills
Applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.

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