Programme structure

Year 1: the fundamentals

Students have two semesters of courses on the fundamentals of urban studies, modes of governance and regions in France and Europe:

  • The first semester consists of core courses on urban governance, public policies and regions in the European Union, urban history, urban sociology and local government law. Methodological workshops on mapping, statistical survey methods and qualitative surveys complete the picture.
  • The second semester is organised around major legal and economic issues (urban law, urban and regional economics) and the analysis of specific topics (health, lifestyles, risk, etc), along with training in local public finances and management. Throughout the year, students work on a practical, professionally-focused group project.

Year 2: professional competence and advanced theory

  • The third semester enables students to further their understanding of public policy, while focusing on professional practices and developing specialized skills, with:
    • Lectures: private actors of urban intervention, network economies, transport and mobility.
    • Practical workshops: housing, innovation, sustainable economy, effectiveness of public policy, tourism, social policy, risk, etc. Workshops are taught by practitioners and based on case studies, group work and role-plays.
    • An architecture and urban planning course
  • The fourth semester is given over to a professional internship of at least 14 weeks, and preferably six months, supervised by the programme's senior faculty. Students write an internship report at the end of the semester. See the list of internships 2019.



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