Career opportunities in the housing and planning sector after a Master’s degree

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Open to applicants with a previous undergraduate degree (bachelor’s, licence or equivalent), Master’s programmes at the Science Po Urban School prepare students to work in the fields of housing, planning, urban renovation and urban policy.

These multidisciplinary and professionally-driven programmes are designed to meet the evolving needs of a rapidly changing urban world and to anticipate the globalised cities of the future. They cover topics as varied as housing and planning, social diversity, local democracy, transport and mobility, sustainable local development and digital cities.

The courses train students for jobs in the public, private and non-profit sectors at local, European or international level.

Skills developed within the housing and planning programmes at Sciences Po

The programmes offered at the Science Po Urban School equip students with the professional skills they need to access a wide variety of roles in the real estate sector, ranging from urban project design to project management and implementation. These skills include:

  • Analysing and evaluating public policy on housing and planning
  • Designing and managing complex procedures

> Find out more about the Urban School’s Masters programmes.

Professional fields in the real estate, housing and urban planning sectors

With a degree from the Science Po Urban School, graduates can launch careers in various fields relating to urban housing policy design, planning and management:

  • Government departments and ministries
  • Urban agglomerations
  • Town and city councils
  • Regional environmental, planning and housing authorities
  • State-owned local enterprises (SPL and SEM)
  • Regional housing offices
  • Public planning institutes
  • Public property institutes
  • Housing associations and social enterprises
  • Housing cooperatives
  • Real estate developers
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Consultancy firms
  • Civil society organisations
  • Businesses

Jobs and professions  in housing policy and urban renovation after a Master’s degree

Master’s degrees at the Sciences Po Urban School enable students to take on various strategic and management roles in urban real estate and planning, in both the private and the public sector.

  • Real estate project manager
  • Property development manager
  • Housing and planning consultant
  • Operations manager (for landlords or developers)
  • Social housing officer
  • Deputy managing director
  • Housing project lead
  • Social and urban development officer
  • Environmental and eco-city project coordinator
  • Housing and shared ownership project coordinator
  • Urban and architectural design officer


Thomas Chailloux, 2015 graduate: Policy Officer at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre

> Read the testimonial of Thomas Chailloux

Armand Koestel, 2010 graduate: Director of Private Housing on the Grand Paris Project

> Read the testimonial of Armand Koestel (FR)

Examples of institutions and companies in the fields of urban planning and urban housing development

A large proportion of our Master’s graduates go on to join businesses, organisations and institutions working on solutions to the housing and urban renovation challenges of our future cities.

Here are some examples of institutions and companies that may be of interest to urban and regional strategy students:

Public sector

Department for Housing, Urban Planning and Landscapes (DHUP) - Inter-ministerial Delegation for Shelter and Access to Housing (DIHAL) - Regional and Interdepartmental Department for Accommodation and Housing (DRIHL) - National Housing Agency (ANAH) - National Agency for Territorial Cohesion (ANCT) - French Development Agency

Businesses and foundations

Union sociale pour l'habitat - IDHEAL Research Institute - Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) - Action Logement - AORIF - BNP - Crédit Agricole immobilier - Urbanis - Espacité - Vinci Immobilier - Icade - 6t - Paris Habitat - Affordable Housing Institute - 3F

NGOs & civil society organisations

La Foncière logement (part of the Action Logement Group) - Emmaüs

International institutions

UN-Habitat - World Bank - OECD  

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