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At a glance
Training for all urban policy and planning professions
Diverse programme offerings
Regional and urban policy-making takes place everywhere, in the public and private sectors and at the local and international levels. The Urban School's programmes prepare students and professionals for urban governance in all its forms.
Graduate students with a Bachelor's degree
- The Master of Urban and Regional Policies and Strategy (STU): to study regional and urban governance in France and Europe
- The dual Master of Urban Policy with the London School of Economics (LSE, UK): to study regional and urban governance with a European and international approach and earn degrees from both Sciences Po and LSE.
- The Master of Governing the Large Metropolis (GLM): to train in the governance of very large world cities
Graduate students having completed the 1st year of a Master's programme & professionals with initial work experience
The Urban Planning Programme: a highly technical, multidisciplinary programme in urban planning, land use and real estate.
The Executive Master of Metropolitan Governance: to prepare for change management roles by gaining a cross-cutting, analytical perspective of metropolitan governance.
The "Cities are back in town" MOOC offers a conceptual and comparative approach to understanding urban models, how they are changing and the social and political issues they raise.
Teaching methods: practical training and academic rigour
The Urban School's programmes give high priority to gaining practical experience in real-world conditions (group projects, capstones, etc). Students learn to work collaboratively and enjoy an intense study experience.
In a constant exchange between theory and practice, the School's strong research focus ensures students learn academic rigour and adopt a critical perspective.
Sociologists and consultants, architects and economists, politicians and geographers: the Urban School faculty brings together top scholars and practitioners from throughout the urban planning and policy field.
Approach: understanding the city through comparison
All the courses at the Urban School employ a comparative approach. This provides students with analytical frameworks and useful benchmarks in a rapidly changing environment, and accustoms them to thinking on a global scale. Study trips are a key part of this approach:
- Study trips – Urban and Regional Policies and Strategies
- Study trips – Governing the Large Metropolis
Our programmes use the social sciences – political science, sociology and economics, supplemented by history, geography and law – to provide an understanding of urban models from a multidisciplinary perspective.