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Historical library Poëte et Sellier, 2021. Photo : Adeline A. Gasnier. © École d'Urbanisme de Paris (EUP).

The Paris School of Urban Plannning (EUP) is affiliated with two universities: The Université Gustave Eiffel and the Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC). Ideally located in the Cité Descartes, a Sustainable City Cluster, the EUP is closely engaged in the current and prospective research in Urban Studies, while also displaying and sharing its own historical resources.

Research Units

The Paris School of Urban Planning (École d'Urbanisme de Paris - EUP) is closely affiliated with three research units:
- Lab'Urba
- LATTS - Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés [Research Centre on technologies, territories and societies]
- LVMT - Laboratoire Ville Mobilité Transport [Mobility, urban planning, transport laboratory]


And it collaborates with the LabEx Futurs Urbains / Urban Futures.

LATTS, Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés, logo


LATTS - Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés [Research Centre on technologies, territories and societies].

LVMT, Laboratoire Ville Mobilité Transport, logo


LVMT - Laboratoire Ville Mobilité Transport [Mobility, urban planning, transport laboratory].

LabEx Futurs Urbains, Logo

Urban Futures

LabEx Futurs Urbains / Urban Futures. LabEx stands for Laboratoire d'Excellence (Research Center/Unit of Excellence).

Research Track (Voie Recherche - VR)

The Paris School of Urban Planning offers courses (in French) dedicated to research within the Master's training programme.

The 'Research' programme is an option that is available in all courses of the second year of the EUP Urbanism and Urban Planning master (except for the block release courses). To apply, students must choose one of these courses and take the classes in the first semester (when the second semester will be dedicated to the dissertation and the classes of the 'Research' programme.

Why apply?

The 'Research' programme is fundamentally meant to prepare students to "make science" in the interdisciplinary field of urban planning, urbanism and development, which means deepen their knowledge about the conceptual reflection, the theoretical challenges, the mastery of the research methods and techniques, the conduct of field studies, the presentation and optimisation of the results, in the world of research, in practice, as well as in the "civil society".

The 'Research' programme especially prepares students to start a PhD in Urban planning and Development and to carry out a thesis in a research unit working in this field. But it can also be chosen with a different professional project, for instance one about the debates and scientific methods (research or advisory offices), in applied research (CIFRE type partnerships with either public or private organisations) or in research-action (NGOs, etc.).

Who can apply?

Students who have validated their first year of master in urbanism or equivalent, who have a full Master or equivalent in humanities and social sciences, engineering sciences, architecture, including in further education situations.

On the first semester of Master 2 (3rd semester of the Master), students who are interested in the 'Research' programme shall take a theoretical and methodological seminar scheduled on Thursdays from 5 to 7 pm (the weekday may vary from one year to another).

This time slot is compatible with the vocational master's degree programme, after informing the heads of the programme and the head(s) of the 'Research' Programme (Voie Recherche - VR), listed below.

A C1 level in French is required (more about fluency evaluation).


Doctoral programme

The doctorates prepared at the EUP are registered in the 'City and Environment' doctoral school and the PhD will be issued by the PRES of Université Paris-Est (pôle de recherche et d'enseignement supérieur).

The theses are prepared under the supervision of a professor or lecturer habilitated to supervise research, within one of the EUP reference research units: Lab’Urba, LATTS or LVMT.

To follow the doctoral training, you need a degree that is an equivalent to a research master at least or a dispensation from the doctoral school depending on the research project.

In all cases, enrolment for a doctorate implies the preliminary approval of a research director and the host research unit of the future doctoral student. Applicants who have not graduated at the EUP must, before any administrative formality, contact the team and the identified research directors that could match their project.

École Doctorale, Ville, Transports et Territoires (VTT), logo

École doctorale VTT

The Transport, Planning and Environment (VTT) doctoral school is supported by the Université Paris-Est.

École doctorale VTT

Historical library Poëte and Sellier

Bibliothèque de l'EUP, miniature

Historical library Poëte and Sellier

The Poëte and Sellier Library is the ancient EUP collection. It has enormous heritage significance and scientific value in terms of urbanism in that it comes from the library that was at the basis of the first teachings in urbanism in France.

More about the library