Applications for the Master of Science & Technology programs are open now until December 12.

Program Overview

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy Master’s Degree is a two-year program entirely taught in English. It is designed for highly qualified and internationally oriented students.

This course will provide you with the know-how to navigate the current trends shaping 21st-century metropolitan economies. It involves applying advanced quantitative methods to the study of new and transforming metropolitan areas and their competitive environments.

The teaching is firmly oriented towards the business world, and relies on a combination of theoretical methodology and real-world case studies. The SCUP Master’s Program has developed strong links with industrial and academic partners from various related fields, namely real estate, finance, energy, international organizations, transportation and ministries. Institutions and companies partnered with the Program include the World Bank, SNI, EDF and SNCF, to name a few.
 

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Master's Degree
Picto-PROGRAM-Multidisciplinary
Industry-Oriented
Picto-PROGRAM-Start
September 2020
Picto-PROGRAM-duree
2 Years
Picto-PROGRAM-langues
Taught in English
Picto-PROGRAM-Location
In France
Picto-PROGRAM-Credits
140 ECTS
Picto-PROGRAM-carte bleue
€12,000 Per Year

High Level Teaching

The Program offers high-level scientific Master’s classes taught by faculty from École Polytechnique, École des Ponts ParisTech Télécom ParisTech, and other partner institutions and companies.

The SCUP Master’s Program benefits from École Polytechnique’s multidimensional assets, on the human, technological, social, intellectual and environmental levels. Although the Program is taught by the Economics Department, it has also developed strong interdisciplinary collaborations with the various other teaching departments at l’X.

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Program Structure

Courses

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy Program offers both general classes in economics and courses applied to urban contexts and policies in cities.

Throughout the Program, students develop strong economics skills with classes like Economics of Corporate Finance, Industrial Organization, and Corporate and Social Environmental Responsibility.

They also learn to tackle urban economic issues through classes in Environmental Economics and Politics in Cities, Real Estate, Traffic and Transportation Systems, and Local Development Economics, among others.

Internships and Project

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy Program emphasizes hands-on, experiment-based learning by inviting you into with the worlds of research and industry.

In this context, students complete a four- to six-month internship at the end of each year of the Program, either in France or abroad.

Throughout the two years of the Program, students are also required to complete a research project. They can choose to do a research thesis, or work on a real-world case study called the “Capstone Project”, which is done in collaboration with the city of Paris.

 

The Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is done over the course of Year 1 and involves evaluating the climate action plan of Paris. Students select one of the areas of the Paris climate and energy action plan (mobility, housing, air quality, sustainable consumption, waste policy, adaptation strategy) and conduct a scientific study to evaluate it in relation to their chosen area.

The SCUP Master students address a wide range of thematics, among which:

  • The effects of carbon pricing, with application to transportation
  • The 100% Renewable Energies Program and waste valorization
  • Value creation thanks to urban agriculture
  • The effects of pollution and air quality on health
  • Smart Buildings
  • The impact of big events in a durability perspective

L’X AND THE CITY OF PARIS UNITE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
 

On April 17, 2019, École Polytechnique and the City of Paris entered into a partnership to support the city’s Climate Plan. The goal of the partnership is to organize global-scale training and research on the contribution of cities to fight climate change. It also aims to facilitate direct contact between partners, using the creation and mobilization of a global network of researchers and public decision makers.

Learn more
 

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Career Prospects

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The Smart Cities and Urban Policy Program is tailored towards students who wish to pursue careers as executives or economic advisors within modern public or private institutions. The Program provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to succeed in their chosen career. A number of different career paths are available after the degree:

  • Managerial positions in various industries, such as transportation, energy, environment, commercial real estate, urban and infrastructure management, and services
  • Economic advisory positions in local, regional, governmental and international institutions
  • Consultancy positions, making the most of the invaluable market knowledge gained from the Program
  • To find out more about the careers guidance provided at École Polytechnique, please visit our dedicated pages.

Podcast: Learn About the Master's Degree

Discover the Master in Smart Cities and Urban Policy with Patricia Crifo, Program Director, and Ibrahim, 1st Year Student

This program taught me skills I didn’t think I needed to learn, and now I see them as essential. I wanted to work in the urban policy environment, and I didn’t have it in mind that we always need to have an economic view on policies before even treating the administrative and legal aspects, because everything is driven by economics.

Ibrahim, 1st year student

Chairs and Partnerships

“Sustainable Finance and Responsible Investment” Research Chair

The Sustainable Finance and Responsible Investment (Finance Durable et Investissement Responsable) Research Chair was created in 2007 and is co-directed by Sébastien Pouget (Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, IDEI-TSE and IAE) and Patricia Crifo (Department of Economics at École Polytechnique). It is backed by the skills of a highly qualified team of internationally renowned researchers. Read more

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Academic Chair “Energy and Prosperity”

The Energy and Prosperity academic Chair was created in 2015 to inform decisions of public and private actors in managing the energy transition. The Chair research deals with the impacts of energy transition on national economies (growth, employment, debt), on specific sectors (transportation, construction, energy , finance) and with the associated financing issues. read more

Members and Sponsors of the Energy and Prosperity Chair

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for 2018/19 are €12,000 per academic year.

FINANCIAL AID
The  Housing Office helps students apply for the French National Housing Benefit "CAF". Students usually receive financial aid of €150-200 per month.
All our students receive the ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) automatically and free of charge. This gives them access to preferential and discounted rates for over 150,000 products, services and experiences, relevant to all aspects of student life.
Additional scholarship opportunities can be found on the CampusFrance website (e.g. French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development for international students). Please note that French "CROUS" scholarships are not compatible with this degree.