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LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in Urban Policy

About the programme

Sciences Po and LSE have come together to offer outstanding undergraduate students a distinctive dual degree devoted to urban management and policy, the Double Degree in Urban Policy, combining the strengths of two leading international centres of research in city development and urban governance.

This programme is based on the mutual recognition of curricula and evaluation in the partner university; it offers a top-level education in the area of urban studies to participating students, giving them the opportunity to develop a career focused on local and urban policy, in the private, public or international sectors at the highest level.

The double degree lasts two academic years: the first year is spent at Sciences Po, in the Master Stratégies Territoriales et Urbaines; the second year is spent within the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE, following one of three MSc programmes, in either Local Economic Development, Regional and Urban Planning Studies, or Urbanisation and Development.

Spanning a wide range of disciplines, including public management, economic development, urbanisation, project management, urban social analysis, and planning, this selective bilingual (French and English) programme will enable participating students to develop an understanding of the political, economic and social issues raised by contemporary urbanisation, at local and international level, with a curriculum focused on the analytic tools used in the field of urban policy.

At the end of two years of successful study, students will be awarded both a master's from Sciences Po in Stratégies Territoriales et Urbaines, and an MSc from LSE in Urban Policy.


Applicants must demonstrate competence in both English and French.

Students whose native language is not English must meet LSE's Standard English requirement (see entry requirements) or have a recognised university degree taught and examined in English.

Applicants must demonstrate their competence in French, by passing either one of:

  • the Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF) 500 
  • the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DALF) level C1

(No other tests will be accepted).

Or by

  • holding the International Baccalaureate (IB) with French as the language of education (levels A1/A2 only)
  • having gained a high school diploma from school education in French (for example in French Lycées outside of France)
  • having completed an exchange programme with Sciences Po with  enrolment in French language classes at least at levels 4 or 5
  • having gained a recognised university degree with at least two years of study at a Francophone University. You will need to provide the diploma which proves that your language of instruction was French. Please note, this does not apply to students who have obtained a diploma in French language or French studies at universities in non French speaking countries

Students whose native language is neither English nor French must provide proof of ability in both languages as above.

Supplementary documents

In addition to the application form, you are required to submit:

  1. a full and official transcript of marks obtained for each year of third level education including the current year when available
  2. a certified copy of your undergraduate degree (if applicable)

Documents written in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by a certified translation into one of the above languages.

  1. a personal statement to be submitted in either English or French. In no more then 1,000 words, please describe your background, your career objectives in the field of urban policy and how obtaining the LSE/Sciences Po double degree will help you to achieve those objectives
  2. two letters of academic recommendation. These can be in either French or English. They must be submitted online or placed in an envelope sealed and signed on the back by the referee before being added to the application file
  3. a résumé in both English and French
  4. optional: you may also submit letters of professional recommendation

Items 1 to 3 can be submitted as scanned attachments to the online application form. References may be submitted online or by post.

Programme details

Year one: Sciences Po Sciences Po Logo

At Sciences Po, the academic year runs from early October to the end of June. Students will follow a course of study that covers topics of urban sociology, economics and politics along with elective courses. Full details of year one can be accessed here.

Year two: LSE

The second year runs from October until September of the following year. It comprises three terms plus a summer period for completion of a dissertation. Students will follow one of three alternative lines of specialisation, following the teaching programmes (and course options) of either the MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies or the MSc Local Economic Development or the MSc Urbanisation and Development. These are each interdisciplinary courses with international orientations, and taken by students from a wide range of countries. Formal contact hours vary but average 50 for each of the three taught course units which account  for 75 per cent of credits for this year. The remainder comes  from an independent research dissertation, developed with a supervisor, and completed in July/August, after the formal exams for taught courses.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for LSE-Sciences Po Double Degree in Urban Policy in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Graduate destinations

This programme gives students the opportunity to develop a career focused on local and urban policy in the private, public or international sectors at the highest level. Graduates could be expected to go into positions in local/regional government; urban development, property and planning consultancies; community organisations; investment banks; regeneration agencies; central government urban affairs departments and property development.


Application code: Applications are made via Sciences Po. Please see www.sciencespo.fr/psia/content/dual-degree-london-school-economics

Start date: August/September 2016 at Sciences Po, Paris (to be confirmed)

Duration: 23 months full-time only 

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements). There is also a French Language requirement, equivalent to TCF level 500 or DALF C1

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: Year one at Sciences Po: €13,820; year two at LSE: UK/EU £13,008; overseas £20,112

Financial support: For year two at LSE Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

For information on financial aid at Sciences Po, please see formation.sciences-po.fr/en/content/bursaries-and-financial-aid

French and British Nationals should be aware of the Entente Cordiale Scholarships

Application deadline: Online only. 19 February 2016 (provisional)