Master in Planning and Sustainability: Urban and Regional Planning (PS/URP)


Program Description

This Master aims to help students to develop a critical understanding of contemporary planning challenges for cities and urban regions, in the context of climate change and growing human needs. The program is designed so that students may confront up to date scientific knowledge on planning with their own cultural background and planning experiences. Through the Master, each student becomes familiar with the advantages and limitations of cross-national transfer of ‘good practices’ in the urban or regional policy field.

As a research Master, this program trains students to deal with up to date research issues and methods. It prepares students to start a Ph.D. or to take leadership roles in urban development and management, especially in an international context.

Since it opened, in September 2010, this Master has attracted an average of 15 students per year, coming from the EU countries or from countries neighboring the EU, but also from North America, from Asia, and from the Middle East.

This Master is offered by the Planning and Environment Department of the Polytechnic School, one of the largest planning schools in France, through its staff, its number of postgraduate students, or its number of graduates. The Department is a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and of the French-speaking association of planning schools (APERAU Internationale) and also active within the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN).

The curriculum interacts with research conducted by the laboratory Cities, Territories, Environnement, and Societies (a unit of the National Scientific Research Council and of Université François-Rabelais). The various research programs carried out by one of its four research groups - the team “Urban and regional planning projects, landscape and environment”- provide the intellectual environment for the development and the discussion of each student’s individual research. The courses and research topics offered within this Master stem out from research carried out in the following axes: Planning systems and projects, Environmental and landscape dynamics, Risks, and vulnerabilities, Sustainable local and regional development.

The PS/URP, empowered as a specialty Master until 2018, was enhanced in 2014 by the addition of a new 30h teaching unit: "Urban Aquatic Ecosystems" (coordinated by Professor Karl Matthias Wantzen, one of the UNESCO Chair "River Culture" responsible). This illustrates a very positive impact of the fusion, in April 2014, between the Planning Department and the IMACOF (Ingénierie des Milieux Aquatiques et des Corridors Fluviaux) department, after the authorization for six years delivered by the Engineer Titles Commission of the new specialty in Planning and Environment Engineering.

During the first semester, the curriculum is organized around 150 hours of seminars and workshops (30 ECTS). The second semester is devoted to a research internship of 5 months (30 ECTS). It includes the participation to seminars and the presentation by each student of the research in progress.

Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

The University of Tours is a decisively European university that has established a campaign of actions within the Europe 2020 strategy, aiming to develop “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. Tou ... Read More

The University of Tours is a decisively European university that has established a campaign of actions within the Europe 2020 strategy, aiming to develop “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. Tours, the city of the "good life" Tours is a human-sized city . With 300,000 inhabitants, the city of Tours has the characteristic to have 40% of its people having less than 30 years old. The presence of 22,000 François-Rabelais university students is no stranger to this young population, who likes to be at the heart of the "vieux" Tours, place Plumereau. At 55 minutes from Paris by TGV, Tours has also an airport with a daily service to London. City of the "good life", its advantages are many: the sweetness of the Loire river, its many parks and public gardens, sports clubs, cultural and associative structures, its historic heritage. In 2013, the tramway will serve the urban areas of 13 km. Touraine, it is also the land of castles of the Loire: Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Chenonceau, Villandry and its gardens, the Clos Luce, Chinon, Langeais, Loches, Ussé. Names associated with the history of France, with its kings, the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (Louis XI, Charles VIII, François I,), but St. Martin, Leonardo da Vinci, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Médicis, Ronsard , Rabelais, Descartes, Balzac, Bergson. A fifty buildings are the cornerstone of Loire Valley tourism, to discover also thanks to routes of the Loire by bike. Touraine, the garden of France, also has a renowned vineyard with wine cellars and restaurants whose cuisine is in the tradition of "Gourmet meal of the French", officially registered since 2010 in the list of intangible cultural heritage of the UNESCO. Already in 2000, UNESCO chose to make the Loire Valley an area of ??major heritage by including over 250 km, as a cultural landscape, alongside the world's largest sites. The attractiveness of Touraine also passes through the dynamism of international tourism, a real estate market, which id new and old, is still doing well. Industrial partnerships established with the university also reinforce its research centers. Read less