Professional opportunities

Our master’s programme trains students in the various professions associated with the planning, management and implementation of urban and territorial projects undertaken by local authorities and their public and private partners. The training we provide gives access to four broad categories of professional opportunities.

Urban studies and assessments

These professions involve assisting and facilitating decision-making in both the public and private sectors. Urban planners trained in this particular field generally work either in private or association-based structures (e.g. engineering and design offices; urban planning agencies; chambers of commerce and industry; economic development agencies), or in public or quasi-public structures (e.g. local authorities; government services and departments, in particular those responsible for territorial development; environment and energy agencies; national housing bodies; other public bodies).

Urban planning

These professions help plan and develop urban policies and their implementation over time. The skills required for this focus on the ability to act as an effective interface between political decision-makers (elected officials, government representatives, etc.) on the one hand, and project-management teams (planning, coordination, implementation) on the other.

Urban design

These professions call for familiarity with the different stages of defining and implementing urban projects. Particular skills required in this domain are the ability to develop and bring to fruition an urban project, and the ability to comprehend and conceptualize different forms of spatial organization (planning, urban configuration, urban design, etc.) based on collaborative approaches.

Urban management

These professions are based on the various activities associated with managing and organizing the city and its different components (housing, and social housing in particular; networks, especially transport; public space; environment; landscapes). Local authorities, intermunicipal authorities, public bodies, social-housing organizations, and public-transport authorities and operators are the main sources of jobs of this kind, with professionals in these domains typically working in the technical, urban-planning, land-management, housing, and central-services departments (among others) of local authorities.

These broad categories of skills and knowledge cannot be reduced to specific fields of action (public spaces, housing, transport, environment, etc.), even if such fields form distinct domains from an academic perspective. Indeed, just as urban planners are frequently required to make connections between these fields, which public action often tends to compartmentalize, they will also be required, at various times in their careers, to call upon and combine the different types of activities and methodologies presented above.

The BAIP (Careers Office)

The role of the BAIP (Bureau d’Aide à l’Insertion Professionnelle) is to advise and assist EUP students in their search for end-of-course internships and employment once they have completed their studies. The BAIP collates and advertises internships and job offers, and takes care of the administrative aspects of internship agreements.
The head of the BAIP meets with students individually, by appointment, in order to advise them and prepare them for entry into the workplace:

Tel.: +33 (0)1 71 40 80 38


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