This selective programme is completed over three semesters: two semesters of theory courses (September-July) and one semester of professional experience (September-February). It is designed for highly motivated students who have completed at least the first year of a Master’s degree and have a career plan related to urban planning.
Semester 1: Fundamentals
Much of the first semester is devoted to courses on the issues of contemporary cities and urbanisation. Group simulation exercises are organised to help students grasp the various dimensions of city development.
These group exercises include working groups in which students undertake a real commission from a public, private or non-profit organisation. The projects are completed in groups of six, supervised by a specialist tutor, over a period of nine months.
A study trip to a French city also takes place early in the semester.
Semester 2: Specialisations
The second semester begins with students choosing their specialisation.
- Specialisation 1: Urban project
- Specialisation 2: Planning and commissioning complex projects
Students go on a study trip to a large foreign city where they meet with professionals and local government representatives to discuss urban issues. Other field trips are included throughout the programme.
Semester 3: Employment/Internship, article and Grand Oral, exchange
In the third semester students do an internship of up to six months or, in some cases, take a job on a fixed-term or permanent contract. Students must also write an article on a planning issue related to their internship and study for the Grand Oral exam.
They also have the opportunity to do the third semester in exchange at the Bartlett School of Architecture of the UCL University (University College London).