Master in Client-Side Urban and Real Estate Project Management (MOUI):
The second-year MOUI master course is part of the plan to create a centre of excellence in town planning and development in western
It trains professional urban planning project managers, doing away with the specialist compartmentalisation of the various urban players. It teaches the project as a whole, from conception to operational completion, calling on a wide range of social, technical, architectural, economic, legal and financial know-how.
Organisation and steering:
The master course director and the ENSAB [École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Bretagne] drew up a dual curriculum in 2009 enabling architecture students to obtain the master in client-side urban and real estate project management one year after being awarded their architect’s Diplôme d’Etat [equivalent to master’s degree].
Architecture students holding the Diplôme d’Études en Architecture [equivalent to bachelor’s degree] may join the MOUI master course on a three-year programme. The first year is given over to tuition in operational town planning, the second to the preparation of the thesis and the third to the core subjects and the transition to professional life.
The MOUI master course comprises 740 hours’ tuition. Architecture students are exempted from 310 hours’ tuition covering, among other topics, the sociology of the city, European architecture, urban morphology, urban policy, communication, graphics and mapmaking, as these subjects are assumed to have been covered by the course leading to the bachelor’s degree level diploma. They are exempted from attending a seminar in their training as architects.
In their first year of the master’s course, the architecture students are required to attend two semesters of urban design workshop with the MOUI master course students; this makes it possible to give the architects and future client-side project managers’ tuition in urban design. This triggers cross-fertilisation between the two approaches that rub shoulders throughout their professional careers.
They write a thesis in their second year, a feature common to both training programmes; the topic must, nevertheless, be related to client-side project management. The thesis must be defended at the university at the end of the academic year. They are supervised by a tutor, both at the ENSAB and at the university.
The third year, which is given over to the core subjects and the transition to professional life, features a six-month internship that also counts for the compulsory internship at the end of the architecture course. Interns are placed through the professional network (SCET, local authorities, public and private developers) and via the network of former students who took the same course. A dual tutoring system is set up within the company and at the university.
A field trip and a series of visits step up the focus on the ground maintained throughout the various workshop projects. Lectures and the involvement of outside speakers working at the “coalface” enable the students to acquire greater professional know-how throughout their training.
An agreement on the implementation of the MOUI master course sets out the procedures whereby the Rennes IEP [Institute of Political Studies], the Rennes1 and Rennes 2 universities and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne [ENSAB] began working together at the start of the 2009-2010 academic year and are continuing to do so over the subsequent two years (2010-2011, 2011-2012).
The students are registered at the ENSAB for the first two years and at
The timetables have been coordinated to make it easier to attend the courses at