Master of Science Urban Agriculture and Green Cities

« The urban environment is composed of a series of interlinked cultural systems: architectural concerns (integrating new buildings) are closely entwined with environmental, agronomic, health, energy, social and economic concerns. This has an impact on all stages of projects, from design to execution and management.

The MSc Urban Agriculture and Green Cities is designed to train up future managers who see urban agriculture as an integral component of the entire urban life cycle. This cross-disciplinary program touches on several disciplines, including agronomy, architecture, planning and geography. As well as incorporating economic, political and social aspects, it prepares students for decision-making in a complex environment where the future may be uncertain.

The program aims to provide future managers with training in professions involving urban innovation strategies and sustainable environmental development, while incorporating and applying innovative horticultural solutions to the built environment.

The MSc anticipates future needs, giving engineers/project leaders, consultants and analysts the hybrid skills they need for a successful career in the public or private sector. »

Dr. Marie Asma Ben Othmen
Head of the MSc Urban Agriculture and Green Cities

Key Information

Venue: Rouen campus

  • Length of training: 18 months
  • Languages: English
  • Program type : Conventional program, Continuing education
  • First-year Master’s required
  • Tuition fees: for the whole program € 8360

The program

  • Gain the technical skills required to integrate multifunctional and innovative horticultural projects into urban development plans and building standards;
  • Gain and/or broaden skills to manage multidisciplinary teams, particularly planning, leading, coordinating, teamwork and organizational skills;
  • Be able to develop an extremely broad vision of the challenges inherent in urban agriculture and horticultural projects at all project stages, in terms of both diagnostics and the development of proposals, by demonstrating analytical and concise thinking;
  • Be able to understand and master a systemic urban approach that moves beyond sectoral approaches (water, sanitation, energy, etc.).
  • Teaching Unit 1: Knowledge acquisition (refresher course)
  • Teaching Unit 2: Self- and group awareness
  • Teaching Unit 3: Urban ecology
  • Teaching Unit 4: Urban agriculture
  • Teaching Unit 5: Urban food systems
  • Teaching Unit 6: Sustainable cities and eco-innovation
  • Teaching Unit 7: Urban design & development
  • Teaching Unit 8: The sociology of urban planning
  • Teaching Unit 9: Regulations
  • Teaching Unit 10: Field testing
  • Teaching Unit 11: Value chain analysis
  • Teaching Unit 12: Trends in innovation management
  • Teaching Unit 13: Mapping (GIS)

The MSc is taught in English and lasts 18 months. It can be proposed as a semester of study abroad.

First semester :  from October, 1st, 2019 to February, 1st, 2020
second semester : from February, 2nd, 2020 to May, 20th, 2020

Available ECTS Credits

The program offers 90 ECTS Credits + 2 ECTS (French for a foreign language course).

Choose the number of credits required by your home institution (please note that at least 18 ECTS are compulsory)

2 European credits (ECTS) are equivalent to approximately 1 US credit.

Admission and fees

The program will benefit students from different academic backgrounds: agronomy, landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning, geography, biology

Admission requirements

Students having obtained a Master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
Exceptionally, students with a Bachelor’s degree may apply if their academic course or professional experience guarantees a successful completion of the Master

Application deadlines

  • 1st session : February 20, 2020
  • 2nd session : April 30, 2020
  • 3rd session : June 21, 2020

Starting Term : October 1, 2020

  • Registration for the whole program (18 months): € 8360
  • Exchange student for a semester :
  • Erasmus+ students (enrolled in an Erasmus+ partner university) tuition fees waived
  • Exchange students (enrolled in a partner university / with a cooperation agreement) tuition fees waived
  • Other students : € 4000 tuition fees + € 50 non-refundable registration fee

Living Expenses 2018 – 2019

  • Catering in canteen : € 3.25 / meal
  • Insurance : € 200
  • Campus fees : € 100
  • Campus Room : From € 270 to € 500
  • French Buddy : Each international student is welcomed by a French student
  • Social event organized by French student and the International Department (Gala, Team Building Day, Touristic Stay)
  • Several student organization on the campus

What to bring?

Laptop, adaptator plug, field equipment (warm waterproof clothing, walking shoes)

Career oppotunities

  • Project manager in urban agriculture and plant innovation
  • Project manager or consultant in ecological planning
  • Research engineer or project manager in eco-innovation and regeneration of urban areas
  • Development officer in sustainable urban planning
  • Consultant in sustainable development
  • Project manager in a local authority, urban planning or environmental department or development agency


In charge of orientation and admission (Rouen campus)
+33 2 32 82 91 47