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Masters in Global Urban Development (TISS, Mumbai)

DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM WITH


MASTERS IN 
GLOBAL URBAN DEVELOPMENT

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Urban School of Sciences Po (Paris) and the School of Habitat Studies of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS, Mumbai), two highly rated institutions in Urban Studies worldwide, are launching a new dual master’s degree program to begin September 2024. The dual master’s draws on synergies between the two universities in cutting-edge interdisciplinary training in urban governance and urban policy. It provides students with the enriching experience of professionalisation and on-the-ground training in two dynamic global cities: a first year in Paris and a second year in Mumbai.

The Urban School of Sciences Po is committed to training professionals who will imagine, lead, and manage the future transformation of cities. It is renowned for its emphasis on urban governance, comparative political economy, and urban policy analysis. At the Urban School, we are committed to an interdisciplinary social science approach (politics, sociology, economics, law, history, urban planning, and geography) to urban transformation in the climate crisis, smart cities, housing, public space, infrastructure, and mobility.

The School of Habitat Studies of the Tata Institute of Social  Sciences (TISS) is a premier institution for the social sciences in India. It offers rigorous training in urban development, including social policy, sustainability, water, sanitation, mitigating inequality, and regional development. The TISS ethos is deeply committed to social and environmental justice, on-the-ground field training, and policy work. At the School of Habitat Studies, this dual degree is led by the Centre for Urban Policy and Governance and supported by 3 other Centres at the School – Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Centre for Regulatory Policy and Governance, and Centre for Water Policy and Governance.

OBJECTIVES AND SKILLS

This is the only program that grants a dual degree in urban

development with training in India and Europe in the time usually taken to achieve just one degree. It offers the extraordinary opportunity to be trained in two of the world’s most dynamic metropolitan areas, each a vast laboratory for urbanism, and sharing many of the key challenges of cities today. As Greater Paris and Greater Mumbai have radically different spatial forms, geographies, and histories, the cities provide an ideal site for students who want to acquire skills in global comparative urbanism and urban governance and understand how urban policy is implemented in different contexts.

Students in the program will acquire the fundamental knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Understand the action logic and urban governance of the world's largest metropolitan areas, analyse different spatial forms, geographies, and histories, through a comparative approach while anchored in two dynamic metropolises (Greater Paris and Greater Mumbai) that have been real laboratories of territorial public policies.
  • Design and implement innovative public policies at local, national, and international levels, capable of combining social justice and environmental justice.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Year 1 in Paris following the first year courses of the Master in Governing the Large Metropolis (GLM) at the Urban School, Sciences Po

Year 2 in Mumbai in TISS, following a program that draws from four centres from the School of Habitat Studies at TISS.

During their group projects and learning expedition (at Sciences Po) and fieldwork and policy practicum (at TISS), students will work, both individually and collectively, in real professional situations. This professional immersion will be in diverse sectors, including urban planning, urban services, transport, real estate, housing, sustainable development, and smart cities, among others. Providing all course requirements have been met, students will graduate after two years with both master’s degrees, one granted by TISS and the other by Sciences Po.

 

CAREERS

The Sciences Po – TISS Dual Degree provides access to stimulating career paths in India and France but also, thanks to strong professional training in a comparative and critical approach, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The degree prepares graduates for jobs in the public sector, nonprofits and NGOs, utility firms, planning agencies, applied research agencies, consulting, and development firms.

VALIDATION AND DEGREE

Students are registered for two years at both universities and can access Sciences Po and TISS student services. Students must validate coursework under the requirements of the university at which they are studying each year.

  • 60 ECTS credits during the year at Sciences Po
  • The equivalent of 60 credits during the year at TISS

To earn the dual degree, students must validate the two years of study in both universities.

ADMISSIONS

This dual degree program is open to candidates worldwide. It is intended for aspiring urban professionals interested in public or private sector careers with a Bachelor’s degree in social science (economics, law, politics, social policy, anthropology, sociology, geography, history…), engineering, architecture, natural science, and more.

Application deadline for the 2024-26 cohort is 7th April, 2024.

Candidates apply directly on the Sciences Po website.

Applicants are selected on the strength of their applications only. A jury with members from both universities makes the final admissions decision.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences / engineering /

geography / economics / law / architecture etc.

  • English fluency [English taught program in both universities]

 

English Requirements:

English scores are compulsory for all students (both, home students and international students enrolled from TISS) in the dual degree programme.

IELTS (Academic) - 7 Overall score

TOEFL Internet-based test - 100 Overall score

Application  Pre-Requisites:
  • Transcripts - GPA: 71% or more
  • Resume / CV
  • Statement of Purpose / cover letter
  • Letters of Recommendation: at least 2 academic recommendations and/or

1 professional recommendation (optional)

  • Portfolio / work sample (optional)

TUITION AND FEES

Students pay their fees:

  • For students whose fiscal residence is outside the EEA, the tuition fees are 20,380 EUR. However, fees are subject to an annual change.
  • To TISS for Year 2: 600,000INR

To find out about possible funding, consult the grants offered by Sciences Po.

 

Queries: Email: oia@tiss.edu or call at +91 22 2552 5919/20

 

CURRICULUM

Year 1 at Sciences Po

FIRST SEMESTER

SECOND SEMESTER

NAME OF COURSE

ECTS

NAME OF COURSE

ECTS

Fundamental Course

2

Common Academic

Curriculum Course

4

Core Courses

4

Core Course

10

Required Courses

22

Elective Course

8

Optional Courses

4

Optional course

4

   

Capstone

4

 

34

 

30

 

Course Title

ECTS

Common Core Course Curriculum

4

Urban School Core Courses (Choose 1)

KURB 2020 – Urban History

KURB 2015 - Introduction A L'histoire Des Villes*

*A C1 level in French is required to attend the course taught in French

4

Required Courses

KGLM 2020 - Urban Policy Analysis*

KGLM 2065 - Housing and Land*

KGLM 2050 - Qualitative Methods for Urban Studies KGLM 2180 - Comparative Urban Planning

KGLM 2185 - City Power in the Digital Age KGLM 2060 - Introduction to GIS

The courses marked with * are fundamental. A passing grade (at least 10 out of 20) is required in these courses to obtain your Master diploma.

22

Optional Courses (Select 1)

Language courses OR

Centre for Writing and Rhetoric courses

4

Common Academic Commune Course

4

Required Courses

KGLM 2115 - Economics of the Large Metropolis * KGLM 2055 - Law in Large Metropolis

KGLM 2150 - GIS Advanced

KGLM 2015 - Introduction to Statistical Reasoning and Quantitative Methods

10

Elective Courses (Choose 2 courses out of 4)

OGLM 2030 - Latin American Metropolis OGLM 3050 - Chinese Metropolis OGLM 2025 - South Asian Metropolis

OGLM 3095 - MENA Metropolis

8

MCOL2030 – Capstone Course

4

SDEC2000 - Study trip in a metropolis

0

You may choose 1 or 2 optional courses (only if compatible with your mandatory courses).

Research track only 1 optional course.

Language courses

Centre for Writing and Rhetoric courses Centre for Entrepreneurship

OR

Research Track: Sociology or Political Science

Courses for the students in the Research Track only 1 course from the Sciences Po School of Research

4

The courses marked with * are fundamental. A passing grade (at least 10 out of 20) is required in these courses to obtain your Master’s Degree



YEAR 2: at TISS, Mumbai

 

DISTRIBUTION OF CREDITS ACROSS SEMESTERS

THIRD SEMESTER

FOURTH SEMESTER

NAME OF COURSE

TISS

CREDITS

NAME OF COURSE

TISSS

CREDITS

Introduction to urbanization

and the city in India

2

Perspective Courses

4

Concentration Course

4

Policy Practicum

4

Urban Lab I

8

Urban Lab II

8

Sectoral courses

6

Internship

4

 

20

 

20

 

 

Course Title Course Title
 Foundational Learning
Introduction to Urbanization and the City in India
 3
  Sectoral Courses
(Select any 3 courses out of 4)
1. Urban Water
2. Urban Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
3. Urban Mobilities
4. Urban Housing
 9
  Concentration Course
(Select any 1 concentration out of 3)
1. Inclusive and Participatory Local Governance
2. Planning and the Indian City
3. Gender, Cities, Governance and Governmentality
 6
  Perspective Building Courses
(Select any 2 out of 3)
1. Gender, vulnerability, and Climate Change
2. Sustainable Cities
3. Media and Reimaging of Indian Cities
 6
  Applied Learning Courses
(4 courses - all mandatory)
Urban Lab I
M-Power Lab- Critical Southern Urban Practice in Mumbai (8 credits)
Urban Lab II
Rethinking Sustainable Societies - TISS-KILA Urban LIVE Lab in Kerala (8 credits)
Policy Practicum (4 credits)
Internship (4 credits)
 36
 40 credits  60