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  • Initial training - Continuing education - Work-linked training
  • 2 years
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • AIMS

    The Master's degree in Urban Planning and Development aims to train professionals in urban planning and development who mainly carry out their work in France, or internationally. The training gives access to the culture, methods and tools necessary for professional practice. It is characterised by the multidisciplinary nature of the teaching, the importance of teamwork and the partnership with the professional world. Moreover, it is in line with the professional charters of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, the French Ministry of the Environment and the French Ministry of Education;Office professionnel de qualification des urbanistes (OPQU), as well as that of the Instituts d’urbanisme et dénagement à l’eteacute;chellelle française (APERAU) et européenne (AESOP). The diploma is also recognised by the French Society of Urban Planners (SFU).

    The diploma is recognised by the French Society of Urban Planners (SFU).


    Putting interdisciplinarity into practice, the master's programme recruits students from a wide range of backgrounds who demonstrate an open-minded approach to spatial dynamics and sustainable development issues.

    Most of the students enrolled in the M1 programme come from engineering degrees, in particular from the bachelor's degree in planning and management.

    Most of the students enrolled in M1 come from management degrees, and in particular from a degree in planning, law, political science, geography, history, sociology, economics or environment, or any other similar BAC+3 degree.

    Sustainable development is a key component of the programme.



    Validation of higher education or experience.


    The two years of the masterées are in conformity with the charter of the Association for the Promotion of Teaching and Research in Urban Planning and Development which gathers the main institutes of urban planning in France and in the French-speaking countries. As such, the master is regularly evaluated. It is composed of two years of training:

    One year of training

    One year of master 1 in management in order to acquire the common basic knowledge and techniques of territorial diagnosis.

    In the 2nd year, the master is divided into 5 specialities based on a common objective, to put students in a real professional situation within the framework of project workshops completed by an internship.

    The specialities are presented to the students at the end of Master 1 so that they can choose their orientation.

    • Sustainable urban planning and projects
    • Housing and urban renewal policy and project
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    • Landscape planning and urban development projects
    • .
    • Transition of the tropics and cooperation in the Mediterranean
    • Apprenticeship training
    • In continuing education only
    • In continuing education only, subject to adapted timetables: Sustainable Urbanism and Territory Project
    • .

    As part of their studies, students participate in the scientific and cultural activities in which the Institute is involved, and in particular the Image de Ville festival, the aim of which is to promote film in the city;objective is to promote cinematographic film as a sensitive look at architecture and urban space, and to organise, for a wide variety of audiences, the dialogue between filmmakers, architects and urban planning professionals.

    In terms of pedagogical organisation, the two years of study place great emphasis on professional practice. In Master 2, the students are put in a situation of professional order within the framework of workshop work for the account of project owners. The course is based on the use of cartographic software (MapInfo and ArcGIS), project representations (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign) and 3D renderings (Sketch-up, Autocad). Students have access to a dedicated computer room. A specialised library offers its services to all students for both group work and individual productions.


    The scientific knowledge acquired concerns the way of learning about the city and the territories, both in the planning of their development, their construction and their management. It is therefore essentially in the spatial approach, the interplay of actors and the transversal nature of the problems that the students learn about urbanism and territorial planning. The aim is to acquire a cross-disciplinary perspective, at the crossroads of several disciplines (sociology, geography, political science, architecture, landscape, law, economics, engineering sciences, etc.) on the city, the urban project and the urban environment.) on the city, the urban project and the development of territories. It is also a question of acquiring the tools for the design of urban and territorial diagnoses, but also those for the design of the urban project and the management of urban services.



    The professional framework established by the OPQU (Office Professionnel de Qualification des Urbanistes) refers to the fields of activity of the urban planner. These fields are of two types, depending on whether they are specific to planners or shared with other professions. The first type of domain is the core of the profession. It gives it its specificity. These fields of activity are four in number, they are specific to him, do not belong to any other profession and are the basis of his professional responsibility: They are the spatialization of territory projects, urban design, production of urban developments and urban management. The second type of fields gathers activities that the urban planner shares with other professions, in particular those of living environment and management. There are three of them. They are the implementation of territorial and urban projects, their animation and the production of knowledge. The urban planner thus intervenes in seven fields of activity. The four specific fields require knowledge and skills specific to the planning profession. The other three areas involve knowledge and skills that the planner shares with many other professions but which are nonetheless essential to the character of the planner's work.


    The internship of a minimum duration of 3 months (6 months maximum) is compulsory for all students of the Master 2 of the mention « Urbanisme et aménagement ». Internship offers are received by the IUAR and distributed to students; an internship forum is organised at the beginning of the second semester, allowing students to meet professionals. A press-book with all the Curricula Vitae of the student applicants is compiled and consulted by the professionals looking for interns.

    Each internship is subject to an agreement between the university and the company. An internship in a company leads to the writing of a report which is presented orally before a jury composed of teacher-researchers and professionals. In addition to the compulsory internships stipulated in the teaching plans and created, additional internships may be carried out during periods of interruption of teaching. The aim of all internships, validated in advance by the head of the diploma program, is to contribute to professionalization and to promote the professional integration of the student within the framework of his or her professional project.


    The continuation of studies concerns students wishing to pursue a research career by enrolling for a doctorate.


    The head of Master 1 regularly monitors students and offers interviews to those who are experiencing difficulties (identification of problems, guidance for further reading, methodological advice, etc.). Depending on the difficulties, the pedagogical team and the management are informed and solicited.



    To facilitate the search for internships and their professional integration, an internship forum is organized in January with professional actors and an exchange on the internship experience is organized with former students.


    The international opening of the IUAR is situated on 3 levels: ERASMUS exchanges (Germany, Italy, Canada), partnerships set up within the framework of the M2 Mediterranean (Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia) and the scientific activities of the research laboratory


Head of the mention

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Champ 1

Transition of metropolises and cooperation in the Mediterranean

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Champ 1

Landscape project, urban planning and development

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Champ 1

Housing and urban renewal policies and projects

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Champ 1

Sustainable urban planning and projects

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Champ 1

Sustainable Urban Planning and Territorial Project - Continuing Education

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