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Master's degree in Urban Planning and Development - Transition of metropolises and cooperation in the Mediterranean

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

    The aim of this course is to train urban planners who will practice their profession on the scale of the Mediterranean basin, in particular in order to respond to the new economic, social, urban and environmental challenges of this region, a demographic and urban growth which increasingly places the city and the towns at the heart of the economic, social, cultural and political challenges, a development of large-scale urban projects (e.g. the construction of a new town, the construction of a new city), and the development of a new city;tropoles at the heart of economic, social, cultural and political issues, the development of large-scale urban projects (development operations, new towns, tourist resorts, etc.), the development of a number of new cities and the creation of a number of new ones;The development of large-scale urban projects (development operations, new towns, tourist resorts, development of public transport and soft mobility, waste management, taking into account accessibility, etc.) which do not necessarily require the same level of attention.This is due to the need to strengthen the skills of professionals in the planning, management and construction of the city, to environmental degradation and natural/industrial risks that confront populations with ever greater dangers, and to the need to define common protection policies.


    On the basis of an application file and a description of a solid professional project showing that the candidate can fit into the activities and timetable of the training course

    In order to participate in this sandwich course, candidates will have to apply to the partner structures of the course or to potential employers.


    The student must hold a 1st year Master's degree (240 ECTS) in a Master's degree programme compatible with urban planning and development



    International stage experience


    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 interested students in the construction of a research project likely to 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, but complete an internship during the year of the M2.


    Intended to develop the training of urban planners and developers through an applied, interactive and comparative pedagogy, it is part of the gradual development of a training course for urban planners common to the Mediterranean countries, which will allow to face the challenges of urbanization at the Mediterranean scale, to allow for comparative approaches to methods and contexts in order to enrich the know-how and skills of urban and territorial development professionals and to understand the issue of technological, environmental and political risks in order to face the challenges and issues of urbanization in the Mediterranean region.

    The 7 areas of competence to be acquired:

    1. Territorial analysis and prospective;

    2. Urban design ;

    3. Production of operations;

    4. Urban management of land rights;

    5. Coordination and management of territorial and urban projects;

    6. Animation of territorial and urban projects;

    7. Knowledge production.


    The students benefit from the presence of two tutors to accompany them in the course of their schooling and their life in the company. The first tutor is a university professor, the second a professional, in charge of accompanying the trainee during the year.


    Due to the alternation system, the training is organised in the form of 12 training sessions (1 per month) of a duration of one week and 10 days.

    Students are required to follow both theoretical and practical courses. They are also involved in the organisation of 3 workshops during the year, two of which are held internationally.

    The student benefits from a tutorial framework, which puts him/her in permanent contact with his/her company tutor and his/her regular teacher within the teaching team. The final dissertation will focus on one of the files managed within the host company. The thesis will be both a theoretical and practical reflection on the subject dealt with during the professional experience.


    Running 2 urban planning workshops (one week each) per year with partner universities in Morocco, Lebanon or Tunisia



    • 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)

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    IUAR School Officers

    Sophie BARBOTIN  -   Tel :

    Françoise DIANA -    Tel :

Responsible for the course