Master in Urban planning and design

Master in Urban planning and design

International cooperation in urban planning (ICUP) 2nd year

Presentation and goals

The master of International cooperation in urban planning (ICUP) prepares students to new professional opportunities in the context of globalization and the consequent urban, economic and social evolution of cities.

The master offers a solid culture about cities and a deep knowledge of technical tools needed to manage complex urban projects. It prepares students to become urban planners capable to adapt to different context of the global urbanization and issues like the accessibility, urban poverty, marginality, post-crisis situations.

Presentation

Presentation

Programme strengths

The master of International cooperation in urban planning (ICUP) is jointly accredited with the National School of Architecture of Grenoble and officially accredited by Québec urban Planners Association. It is recognized in obtaining the qualification in urban planning (awarded by the Professional Office for Planners Qualification OPQU) and officially endorsed by the Association of European Schools Of Planning.

The programme is given entirely in English. Students are nevertheless given 40 hours of classes and workshops in French as a foreign language (FFL).

This master has a French counterpart: the master of Urbanisme and coopération internationale (UCI) with which some courses are mutualized.

International dimension :

Double degrees, joint degrees, Erasmus Mundus

The programme in International Cooperation in Urban Planning (ICUP) is actively involved in an European Union Erasmus Mundus Master's: the Master of Sciences in International Cooperation in Urban Development the so-called Mundus Urbano. Four universities award jointly this master: the Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany), the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona), the Università "Tor Vergata" in Rome (Italy) and the Université Grenoble-Alpes. Students taking this Master of Sciences degree can come and do their second year in Grenoble and obtain the second year in the Master's in International Cooperation in Urban Planning (ICUP). Students taking only the ICUP Master's can take advantage of the the Mundus Urbano network: guest professors, international workshops, FFL courses (French as a foreign language), work term or thesis opportunities, etc.

Students coming from Grenoble European partners network can follow ICUP master through Erasmus exchange programme.

French students of IUGA in first year of master have the possibility of attending one semester within Mundus Urbano master in TU Darmstadt through Erasmus exchange programme.

Targeted skills

Expertise : On completion of the training offered in the ICUP programme, students develop several fields of skills specific to the activities of the urban planner in an international context: – Knowledge and analysis of local contexts (observation, evaluation, collection of qualitative and quantitative data) – Strategic planning (urban and regional policies, territorial management) – Urban planning (urban design, stake holders participation, economic management).

Success rate

Each year, the programme in International Cooperation in Urban Planning (ICUP) trains between 12 and 18 students and achieves a success rate of more than 95%. In the course of the year following their graduation, a large number of students find a job in the field of urban planning, development or international cooperation, whilst a significant minority goes on to a doctoral thesis often co-tutored or co-supervised by one of our partner universities (e.g.: TU Darmstadt, UIC Barcelona, University of Belgrade, University of St Andrews).

Programme

Programme

Students take several Teaching Modules that enable them to expand their professional and interpersonal skills in the profession of urban planner:

  • Tools & Methods (2 ECTS) prepare them to find a suitable work term and write their graduation paper,
  • Urban Planning Technics (8 ECTS) expands technical knowledge in terms of urban morphology, construction projects with local populations and materials, collaborative mapping, urban social development and urban intervention in a post-crisis or conflict situation,
  • Urban Planning Policies and Studies (6 ECTS) explores new theories in housing policy, mobility and transport policy, the inclusive city and tourism and territorial dynamics,
  • Urban Project Management and Skills (12 ECTS) develops the ability to conceive and design urban projects,
  • French Language (2 ECTS) enables them to develop their ability to speak French (or other languages if they already speak French).

The course comes in the form of classes, tutorials, research seminars and project workshops that help to combine theory and practice.

The programme is largely based on the practice of teamwork and peer-learning. Half of the course is dedicated to training, while the other half is shared with different Master's programmes from IUGA or the Mundus Urbano Master's:

  • A design workshop in France with students from the first year of the UCI Master's,
  • A workshop in France, Spain or Italy with students from the first year of the Mundus Urbano Master's,
  • Four classes with students from the second year of the UCI Master's,
  • Two classes with students from the second year of the Master's in International Development Studies.

Students complete their programme with the defence of a graduation paper, written in English and presented to a board composed by professors of IUGA and TU Darmstadt.

Practica, projects, and missions

Type : Mandatory
Duration : 3 to 6 months
Location : Abroad

Students attend classes from September to February and then take a 3 to 6 month of professional internship (in planning practice or research) in a foreign country to the one in which they grew up or undertook their studies. That work term is subject to an agreement co-signed by IUGA.

Registration and scholarships

Registration and scholarships

Entrance requirements

Access to the Master

It is offered to students by right if they have completed the Master of Sciences in International Cooperation in Urban Development (Erasmus Mundus Master's endorsed by the European Union) given at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) in Germany.

Admission to the second year of the Master's is also possible selectively for:

  • Students who have completed the first year of the IUG's Master's in Urban Planning and Development  (UCI programme - Urban Planning and International Cooperation),
  • Students from other French or foreign master's programmes in the field of urban planning,
  • Holders of a degree equivalent to five years' university obtained in France or abroad in a discipline related to territorial development (geography, architecture, urban sociology, landscape, engineering sciences, economic science, history, law, political science, etc.).
  • Holders of a degree equivalent to three or four years' university obtained in France or abroad in a discipline related to territorial development (Cf above) with at least 2 years' professional experience.

The selection is done by a commission on the base of candidates’ CV and an interview that has the objective to check whether they have acquired the language and/or urban planning skills required for direct admission to the master.

Public continuing education:

You are in charge of continuing education:
• if you resume your studies after 2 years of interruption of studies,
• or if you followed training under the continuous training regime one of the previous 2 years
• or if you are an employee, job seeker, self-employed.

If you do not have the diploma required to integrate the training, you can undertake a validation of personal and professional achievements (VAPP).

Target group

Students of the programme in International Cooperation in Urban Planning (ICUP) come from various educational backgrounds (minimum of three years' university). The original fields of study most frequently selected are: urban planning, architecture, design, sociology, landscape, management, engineering sciences, economic science, geography, history, law and political science.

Maximum number of students

20 students

And after

And after

Further studies

On completion of the programme, students can apply for a PhD.

Sectors of activity

On completion of the training offered in the International Cooperation in Urban Planning (ICUP) programme, students develop several fields of skills specific to the activities of the urban planner in an international context. These fall under:

  • knowledge of territories through interdisciplinary skills of observation and analysis (statistics, sociology, engineering, etc.)
  • planning and policy orientations: territorial foresight and diagnostics, spatialization of territorial projects and planning policies, aid and preparation of urban and territorial public policies,
  • urban programming and composition, urban project implementation and territorial management: territorial legislations, city and regional policies