Master in Urban planning and design

The programme offers the following course(s)


The Master's degree in Urban Planning and Development (UA) is a multidisciplinary and international program that prepares students for careers in urban planning, urban and real estate project management, engineering, and territorial development. This master's degree also offers the opportunity to develop the skills needed for research in urban planning, development and, more generally, urban studies. The UA master's degree offers a wide range of courses that address all the scales of intervention of urban planners and developers: from the scale of the building, through that of collective and public spaces, to urban, peri-urban and territorial systems. This master's degree includes 5 courses, five of which are organized in a progressive manner over four semesters:

  • Urban planning and urban project - UPU
  • Development and planning engineering for territories in transition - IDATT
  • Transformative urban studies - TRUST
  • Architecture, urban planning, political studies - AUEP
  • Project management of the building 2nd year- MOBAT

This program is designed to be a continuation of existing bachelor's degrees in the humanities and social sciences (particularly geography with a specialization in urban planning), political science, landscape and architecture. The UA master's degree is also co-accredited with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble (ENSAG) and is one of the diplomas recognized for obtaining the qualification in urban planning issued by the Office Professionnel de Qualification des Urbanistes (OPQU).

The objective of the Master's degree is to provide students with a solid culture of the city and contemporary territories, the economic, environmental and social dynamics that shape them, as well as the ability to observe, manage, build and project them. At the end of their training, students develop several fields of competence specific to the activities of the practicing and/or research urban planner. These include knowledge of territories and urban studies, planning and the implementation of strategic orientations (observation, study, analysis and evaluation, territorial forecasting and diagnosis, spatialization of territorial projects and strategic planning, assistance and preparation of urban and territorial public policies), programming and urban composition, real estate and urban planning and projects (design, set-up and management of operations), and territorial management and animation (land law, city policy, operation management, territorial development). These skills not only give access to the major families of outlets that define the profiles of urban planners certified by the OPQU, but also allow students to pursue their studies in a doctorate in Urban Planning and Space Development.

Open to apprenticeship

Access conditions

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)

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Program administration


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Program director

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Continuing education manager


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