Urban Planning Programme (master)
AIMs AND CAREER PATHS
The Sciences Po Urban Planning Programme (Master) trains students for a wealth of careers in contemporary city design, all of which demand a diverse skillset: understanding of major socio-economic issues, aptitude for unpicking evolving regional and urban phenomena, a capacity for strategic analysis, willingness to intervene in complex decision-making systems and multi-stakeholder procedures, ability to think spatially, mastery of a broad range of technical, legal and financial tools.
Condensed into three intensive semesters (two semesters of teaching at Sciences Po and one off-campus semester spent completing an internship, an exchange or in employment), the programme is designed as much for students as for young professionals. Each cohort brings together students from the most varied backgrounds: political scientists, lawyers, architects, geographers, economists, engineers, sociologists, the list goes on. The educational conviction of the Urban Planning programme has remained unchanged since its launch 50 years ago: a belief that interdisciplinarity and horizontal learning are fertile soil for professional collaboration and the keys to more intelligent city design. Over the years, the programme has built up a firm network of alumni working across all fields of urban design (town planning, real estate, development, urban policy…), in diverse organisations and institutions (ministries, regional authorities, private and public developers, urban planning agencies, consultancy firms, elected official’s offices, real estate developers).
The training is intensive, full-time and professionally-driven. It centres on a rich and unique curriculum that paves the way to ambitious and diverse career paths, whether these be familiar or entirely new, in the case of students pursuing a career change. The programme’s relatively limited intake (between 35 and 40 students) means that lecturers and academic staff can offer tailor-made guidance to each member of the cohort.
The programme offers high-level academic courses in the social sciences, led in part by committed professionals who are keen to share their own background and experience with students. There is a continual overlap of different perspectives and scales: from broad regional policy to real estate strategy and urban project management. Innovative teaching methods combine academic theory with real-world application (study trips, group projects, simulations), guaranteeing pathways that are adapted to the experience of each student.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND ACCREDITATION
The Urban Planning Programme (Master) is open to students or professionals who have completed at least one year of a Master’s degree in any discipline.
A very strong level of written and spoken French is required (see the language requirements table).
The programme is accredited by APERAU (the French Association for the Promotion of Teaching and Research in Urban Planning and Development).
There are multiple pathways for admission to the Urban Planning Programme.
This procedure applies to candidates who have previously completed a degree in France. Applications are submitted online on the Sciences Po admissions website.
The procedure is divided into two phases:
- An admissibility phase, involving a dual evaluation of each candidate’s application. On the basis of these two evaluations, an admissions jury will determine whether the candidate is admissible for the programme. The deadline for submitting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year is 11 January 2021 (23:59, Paris time).
- An admissions phase, involving a group interview to take place in the spring of 2021. This interview will be assessed by an interview panel and is designed to evaluate candidates' capacity for collaborative, as well as individual thinking. The admissions jury will decide whether or not to accept the candidate on the basis of both the candidate’s initial application and the feedback of the interview panel. There is a specific admissions timeline for this Master’s. It will be communicated to you by academic staff of the programme at the end of the admissibility phase.
This procedure applies to candidates who have not previously completed a degree in France. Applications are submitted online on the Sciences Po admissions platform.
The procedure is divided into two phases:
- An admissibility phase, involving a dual evaluation of each candidate’s application. On the basis of these two evaluations, an admissions jury will determine whether the candidate is admissible for the programme. Here is the application timeline for the Urban Planning Programme:
→ Deadline for submitting applications for the admissibility phase: 28 February 2021 (23:59, Paris time).
If you wish to apply for the Émile Boutmy or Eiffel Scholarships, you will need to submit your application sooner:
→ Submission deadline for applicants wishing to apply for the Eiffel Scholarship: 1 November 2020 (23:59, Paris time)
→ Submission deadline for applicants wishing to apply for the Émile Boutmy Scholarship: 6 December 2020
- An admissions phase, involving an interview assessed by an interview panel. The admissions jury will decide whether or not to accept the candidate on the basis of both the candidate’s initial application and the feedback of the interview panel. The date of this interview will be communicated to you by academic staff of the programme.
Details of the documents required for both procedures:
- Additional materials: in addition to the required documents listed on the admissions website, candidates will need to compile and attach a portfolio presenting a selection of previous personal, academic and/or professional work. You are free to choose what you include in this portfolio; depending on your background, example material might include photos or descriptions of previous projects, written pieces, published work, extracts from an academic dissertation, an internship report etc. All material should be assembled into a single document. If the file size is less than 2 Mb, you will be able to upload it with your online application form. If the file is larger than 2 Mb, please upload a document (.doc or .pdf format) including a link to a URL containing your file. Whatever format you choose for your portfolio, you should ensure that the material is clear, well-presented and can be read easily by assessors.
- References: one academic reference and one professional reference are required; a second academic reference is strongly recommended.
Procedure for graduates from partner universities in France
See full information on the admissions website.
Procedure for former Sciences Po students who graduated less than two years ago
Please contact Marina Gaget, academic advisor for the Urban Planning Programme.
Procedure for students bridging after one year of the Master of Regional and Urban Strategy
A bridge is possible between the first year of the Master of Regional and Urban Strategy and the Urban planning programme
Please contact Marina Gaget, academic advisor for the Urban Planning Programme, for more information.