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At a glance: The Sciences Po Urban School programmes
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Discover the Urban School
Solid social sciences foundations, combined with a strong specialization and a highly collaborative field experience: our aim at the Urban School is to train the new professionals who will design, manage, strategize, innovate and advocate for the city of the future. To build a just and sustainable urban future.
Our graduates have access to a wide range of careers in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors, as project managers, urban designers, consultants, or policy makers, at the local, national, or global levels.
The Urban School: an ecosystem with 400 students from all over the world, 120 teachers, 60 tutors, 250 partners and more than 4,000 alumni. A beautiful campus in Paris downtown, nearby the Louvre, where committed students, researchers and professionals work together in a vibrant urban environment.
Field experience and strong professionalization
Our master programmes at the Urban School make real-world practical experience a priority: through group projects, learning expeditions, collective inquiries, professional workshops and case studies, students learn how to work in a highly collaborative environment, as a reflection of their future professional life.
Moreover, the Urban School's solid research focus ensures a constant dialogue between theory and practice. Students are taught to adopt a critical perspective on all issues.
Our group project : a collective, authentic experience on a regional or urban issue (health, environment, datas, housing, migrations, citizens participation, etc.)
Learning expedition : a field experience to identify and analyse the economic, political, social, environmental, and cultural issues in a city, meet local stakeholders and study their interactions.
A comparative approach
All courses at the Urban School take a comparative approach. This gives students an analytical framework and a set of useful benchmarks for use in a rapidly changing environment. It also instils in them the habit of thinking on a global scale. Study trips play a key role in this approach.
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 an interdisciplinary perspective.
For an international experience, students can also spend their semester "outside the walls" at one of our 7 partner universities as part of an exchange program.
The Master's Programmes
The Urban School’s Master’s programmes prepare students and professionals for urban governance in all its forms.
Master in Regional and Urban Strategy
The Master in Regional and Urban Strategy prepares students for strategic and operational positions in urban and regional policy and planning. Graduates go on become managers working across geographical scales with diverse stakeholders (both public and private) and a wide range of technical tools.
Master Governing the Large Metropolis
The programme aims to produces young professionals who will take charge of public policy design and implementation in the governance of large cities in the future. Graduates learn to deal with the most challenging issues of urbanisation: water, electricity, mobility infrastructures, health and social services, etc.
Master Governing Ecological Transitions in European Cities
The programme prepares students to manage current and future transitions through advanced training in urban environmental challenges and urban governance in European cities.
Master in Urban Planning
The programme trains professionals in urban project management, from design to implementation: urban and regional planners, land-use planners, real estate developers and managers, local government administrators.
The Urban School offers four dual Master's programmes in partnership with world-renowned universities.
Urban Policy, LSE (UK)
A programme run jointly by Sciences Po and the London School of Economics (LSE, UK). Students study regional and urban governance from both a European and an international perspective.
Global and Comparative Urban Planning and Governance, UCLA (USA)
This dual degree draws on political economy, the political sociology of urban policies and their implementation, emphasizing political protest and participation.
Management of International and Public Affairs, Bocconi (Italy)
Combines the study of economics and management with the social sciences, while also offering courses with a strong professional focus.
Global Urban Development with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Inde)
To acquire skills in global comparative urbanism and urban governance with training in India and Europe.
Where do our alumni work?
Our graduates can easily move from private sector to public or non-profit sectors during their professional careers. They work as project managers, urban designers, consultants and policy makers.
Some examples of job opportunities:
Director of a ministerial office - Director of an urban planning and development agency - Research and planning officer - ESS officer - Urban affairs and development manager - Real estate transactions officer - Real estate development manager - Parliamentary or municipal assistant - Public finances consultant - Sustainable development consultant - Design engineer - Director of housing - Communication and cooperation manager - Marketing and development manager - Smart city business development manager - International development manager -Transport and mobility - Design and planning project manager
are international students
35 to 80
students per programme for individual support and personalised study pathways
1 to 2
study trips per Master, in France and abroad
of students find a job before or within 6 months of graduation
30 to 80
students per programme, allowing a highly personalised training
professors, researchers and teachers from the corporate world