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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.

Section #skills

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.

Section #fields

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
Section #jobs

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


Section #exemples

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

Businesses and foundations

NGOs & civil society organisations

International institutions

Key figures

  • 400


  • 30%

    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

  • 89%

    of students find a job before or within 6 months of graduation

  • 30 to 80

    students per programme, allowing a highly personalised training

  • 124

    professors, researchers and teachers from the corporate world

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