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  • Initial training - Continuing education
  • 1 year
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • AIMS

    This course trains professionals in urban planning and development whose role is to participate, on behalf of project owners, in the design, implementation and management of sustainable urban planning and development projects. It gives students access to the culture, methods and tools necessary for this professional practice. The conduct of urban planning projects requires a mastery of the processes of development and implementation at different scales, mobilising a wide variety of methods and tools: planning, land action, setting up operations, financing, land use permits. In addition, there is the knowledge of consultation, negotiation and communication procedures, which are so necessary in situations that call for dialogue between the elected representatives, the inhabitants and the other local actors in the development process. All project management involves choices, and the aim is to enable students to assess the advantages and risks in order to optimise the one and control the other.


    Application : dossier and description of professional project


    The student must hold a 1st year master's degree in a master's degree programme compatible with urban planning and development



    Experience in territorial diagnosis, open approach to reflection on urban and spatial dynamics and urban planning and development projects.

    Ability to deal with different spatial and territorial scales.


    • FDSP, Aix-en-Provence

    A research option allows students (enrolled in Master 2 in four of the courses) to be trained in scientific research. The aim is to accompany students in the construction of a research project that could lead to a doctoral thesis in urban planning and development. Students who have obtained a good grade in the Master's programme can then apply for academic doctoral grants (regional or national grants) or more professional grants (CIFRE grants). To do this, students follow the courses of the programme in which they are registered, with the exception of the Project workshop. The specific training offer for the research option includes a research workshop, a research internship, and an internship in the field of research.


    Work in a multidisciplinary team.
    Collect, produce and analyze data on a territory in order to identify the issues calling for development action.
    Ability to understand the functioning of a territory at several scales and to move from diagnosis to project.
    Acquire methods for conducting public and private operational projects from a sustainable development perspective.
    Ability to associate the components of sustainable development in an urban planning project.
    Know how to use the methods and tools for the elaboration of urban planning documents.
    Ability Logic to understand and reformulate a public order.
    Ability to enhance the value of development proposals to a client.


    The internship lasts for a minimum of 3 months. It plays an important role in the pedagogy, including the organisation of a practical project workshop and the drafting of an end-of-studies dissertation. It allows the development of spatial planning and urbanism issues with a professional character on the basis of a mission specified in the internship agreement and validated by the teaching team. It is placed under the direction of a manager of a host organisation in the field and monitored by a teacher from the training team.


    This training respects the professional charters of the field (Office de qualification des urbanistes) and the conventions between Institutes of Urban Planning and Development (APERAU).

    Students are in training from Monday to Friday, they follow courses common to the Master 2 and specific courses for their course. The pedagogy is organised around 3 pillars in addition to the classroom courses: a project workshop, a professional internship of at least 3 months and a final thesis. Some of the work required is carried out in multidisciplinary teams. The training includes many oral presentations, which teach the student the art of synthesis and argumentation.


    • 341M Aménagement du territoire, urbanisme (fr)
    • 341N Etudes en urbanisme et aménagement (fr)
    • 341P Gestion de l'espace et mise en oeuvre des projets (fr)


    IUAR School Officers

    Sophie BARBOTIN  -   Tel :

    Françoise DIANA -    Tel :

Responsible for the course