Urban Policy Dual Degree

A joint Sciences Po / LSE programme

Sciences Po and LSE have combined their reputations and the quality of their teaching to offer outstanding French and international undergraduate students a dual Master's programme in Urban Policy.


This programme is designed to train students for strategic and operational careers in urban policy and planning, with a strong European and international perspective of these fields. Students spend:

The first semester and second semester courses are the same as for students of the Regional and Urban Strategy Master's programme, with a few specificities:

    • specific methodology classes and workshops
    • two "joint seminars" (one per semester) on research methods with a fieldwork component.  

The students do not make a group project or a study trip.

Students study for three semesters at the LSE:

Providing all course requirements have been met, students will graduate after two years with both a Master of Regional and Urban Strategy from Sciences Po and an MSc in Urban Policy from LSE.


This advanced multidisciplinary and bilingual (French and English)* programme combines in-depth reflection on the political, economic and social issues involved in urban and regional policy-making with courses designed to develop specialist skills (local development and urban planning; project development and management; methodology for evaluation and programme design, etc.).

*Students for whom French and/or English is not a native language may need to improve their level in one or both languages.

Validation and degree

Students are registered for two full years at both universities and have access to the student services of both Sciences Po and LSE. Students must validate their course work under the requirements of the university at which they are studying.

  • 60 ECTS credits during the year at Sciences Po
  • a 4-unit course, including a 10,000 word dissertation at LSE.

To earn the dual degree, students must validate the two years of study in both universities.


Alix Cocude, 1st year Master's student

"Having grown up abroad and with ambitions for an international career, I chose the dual degree to learn about the challenges of urban and regional policy in France and, as LSE is an internationally renowned university, to build my international perspective and prospects. This dual degree is very rewarding as we get to confront different approaches to urban issues, and gain a critical, cross-cutting perspective on the challenges facing the urban world of tomorrow."


Candidates apply directly on the Sciences Po website (online application only).

Applicants are selected on the strength of their applications only. The final admissions decision is made by a jury with members from both universities.


Tuition fees

Students pay their fees:

Find out about the financial aid available on the following pages:

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