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Master's degree Law and Territorial Governance Management - year 2

  • Initial training - continuing education
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Standard rhythm
  • Eduniversal Ranking : 4e

Presentation of the training

This level I training (Bac+5) was created in 1984 at the very beginning of the decentralization process implemented at the same time in France. It has had different titles, always including the notion of local authorities and law. It has regularly adapted to the requirements of professionalization and the need for permanent modernization of public action, taking into account both the challenges and new tools as well as the reflections carried by the doctrine on issues relating to territories and their evolution. It is now entitled Master 2 Public Law and Management of Local Authorities.

The Master 2 in Public Law and Management of Local Authorities brings a double competence, management and law. This transdisciplinarity meets the needs of local authorities and their groupings (EPCIas well as the organizations, institutions and companies working with them. These various institutions require managers who know how to envisage the exercise of the competences entrusted by the legislator to local and regional authorities in a global and forward-looking manner. Alongside a dominant specialty, the executive must be capable of grasping the issue to be resolved in its various aspects. They must have the capacity to analyze the issue by breaking it down and to synthesize in order to provide a response based on the intersection of the legal and management disciplines.

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  • Target audience

    Training is available in initial and continuing education. It mainly welcomes students with a Master's Degree in public law and management sciences with a focus on public management.

    It is also open to students who are returning to study for validation of prior learning (VAP or VAE).

    Finally, since 2012 ENSOSP students, under certain conditions (see partnerships) are also part of the student body.

  • Skills

    This Master 2 allows students to acquire knowledge and skills specific to the changing territorial context at the legal, economic, and managerial levels. At the end of the Master, the student will be able to:

    • Develop strategies adapted to local public policies, from their birth to their evaluation.
    • act in the service of the local authority by analyzing a public policy issue in its various aspects, synthesizing them and identifying solutions.
    • design, plan and implement a project, taking into account legal and regulatory constraints and coordinating the different actors and partners in the project.
    • set up technical, administrative and financial files thanks to the mastery of editorial techniques relating to the public sector.
    • adapt to the evolution of the fields of competence of local authorities and the local administrative world.
    • carry out a mission while having a perspective on professional issues.
    • build strategic and operational information supports for the teams and partners of local authorities.
    • facilitate the articulation between the legal and managerial fields, whatever its initial field (legal or managerial).
    • demonstrate an indispensable open-mindedness in local action due to the multiplicity of partnerships of territorial authorities.
  • Organization of the training

    This Master 2 is composed of lectures: 303 hours of student attendance, including 144 hours of managerial subjects, 138 hours of legal subjects, 21 hours of methodological support.

    The internship, which lasts a minimum of 4 months and whose missions must be validated by the tutor, is compulsory. The internship is accompanied by the writing of an academic dissertation followed by an oral defense.

    The lecturers combine various teaching methods: theoretical presentations, case studies, role-playing, role-playing and discussion periods, allowing the student to be an actor in their training.

  • Content of the training

    Semester 3:

    Law of territorial authorities and territories (6 ECTS)
    Law of Local and Regional Authorities and Intercommunality
    Local Finance
    Legal approaches to the management of local and regional authorities (9 ECTS)
    Town and Country Planning Law
    Territorial civil service law
    Public contracts and procurement
    Management of territorial authorities and territories (12 ECTS)
    Public finance: operational management and foresight
    Operational management of human resources
    Territorial marketing
    Management of the competitiveness and attractiveness of the territories
    Vocational integration I (3 ECTS)
    Professional project

    Semester 4 :

    Actions of territorial authorities (9 ECTS)
    Local taxation
    Management and strategy of territorial projects
    Comparative territorial approaches
    Territorial practices (6 ECTS)
    Smart city and e-democracy
    Territories: innovation and entrepreneurship
    Vocational integration II (15 ECTS)
    Internship and dissertation

  • Further education and job opportunities

    Further education:

    Opportunities :

    • Sectors:
      • In the public sector: central and decentralized administrations, local authorities, urban communities, metropolises, communities of conurbations, communities of communes public sector agencies
      • In the private sector: consultants, law firms, consultancy firms, banks, semi-public companies, financial institutions, real estate companies, in relation with local authorities, non-for-profit organizations.
    • Targeted occupations:
      • General administration civil servant of local and regional authorities (attachés, administrators).
      • Territorial civil servant in the technical and social sectors.
      • Executive manager of a territorial service .
      • Contract agent assimilated to category A of local authorities as a cabinet assistant or chargé de mission.
      • Consultant, department director, research officer, project manager, client manager, public procurement officer in or with commercial organizations.
      • Lawyer specialized in public business law (advice and representation of local authorities).
  • Admission requirements

    Admission is subject to application.

    For students in initial training: have validated a Master' Degree 1 in Public Management or Public Law; more generally a Master 1 in Law-Economy-Economy-Management.

    For those in continuing education: have completed a Master's Degree 1 in Law, Economics, or Management, and management experience in the public or semi-public sector.

  • Partnerships & training highlights

    Since 2012 Aix-Marseille Université and the École Nationale Supérieure des Officiers de Sapeurs-Pompiers (ENSOSP)are partners. The IMPGT on behalf of AMU implements various training actions for ENSOSP officers by awarding the Master 2 diploma in Public Law and Management of Local Authorities on the one hand to Fire Brigade Officers - Executives from the three public functions - Executives and senior technicians from the private sector over two years and, on the other hand, to senior fire brigade officers (cadets-colonels) over a period of one year.


It's often said that the university years are the best at IMPGT: a variety of courses that allow students to acquire a solid foundation and develop their thinking, friendly teachers and a warm atmosphere...all the ingredients are there to help them blossom as they find their way. My advice for a future student: take advantage of this privileged working environment to surpass yourself!

Margaux Gillard
HR Skills and Talent Support - RisingSUD
Master's degree Law and Territorial Governance Management - year 2
Promotion 2019-2020

I completed my entire academic career at IMPGT. After a Master 1 MAPT, I decided to move towards a Master 2 DMPCT, notably to reinforce my legal knowledge, with the idea of taking civil service competitions in mind. […].The DMPCT Master's Degree was also fundamental to the success of my exams by giving me a solid legal and managerial basis and by enabling me to make the most of the various internships I had completed throughout my studies, particularly during the oral exams. This possibility of an internship is a real asset in my professional career. The DMPCT Master's degree was a particularly enriching year for me, with varied courses and high quality teachers from different backgrounds, each one a specialist in his or her sector. Thanks to this academic background, I am now a civil servant, in a management position that I am passionate about.

Lucie Mathieu
Inspector of Health and Social Action
Master's degree Law and Territorial Governance Management - year 2
Class of 2016-2027

...] this diploma confirmed my desire to become involved in the management and promotion of projects that contribute to the development of a territory. The five years I spent at IMPGT were marked by the transdisciplinarity specific to the territorial context [...]. The completion of three successive internships, within structures working for economic development and international influence (DGA Strategy and Territorial Development of the CD13, Provence Promotion and the Euroméditerranée Public Establishment of Development) allowed me to meet a plurality of actors. Having just graduated, I am now in charge of development, economic promotion and trade in a Vaucluse inter-communal area of 30,000 inhabitants. As a non-tenured Territorial Attaché, I am involved in the construction and management of economic attractiveness initiatives in a region faced with various structural challenges. […]

In charge of Economic Development and Trade - Communauté de Communes Pays Apt Luberon
Master's degree Law and Territorial Governance Management - year 2
Promotion 2019-2020

Currently a professional firefighter in the SDIS du Var, I have very good memories of my 2016-2017 year in the M2 DMPCT. The lecturers are of a high quality and the training allows us to be very close to the teachers. The IMPGT is not to blame for this, since this human-sized structure provides real support to students, both in terms of skills development and administrative formalities. It was a year rich in non-negotiable contributions of knowledge for the integration of the public service and preparation for its competitions. I chose to integrate this training with the aim of enriching my knowledge of local and regional authorities and preparing my career as a professional firefighter. If I should give any advice to future students, it would be to be curious, looking at the various aspects of our administration and local authorities in order to approach this training with serenity.

Professional firefighter - SDIS du Var
Master's degree Law and Territorial Governance Management - year 2
Class of 2016-2017


Pedagogical Manager :

Sophie Lamouroux
Lecturer | Academic Director of Bachelor's program in Public Administration Year 3 Apprenticeship / Master's degree program: Law and Territorial Governance Management

Schooling Service :

Sandrine Fournier
Master's degree program Registrar : MESS (Year 1-2) | MAP, DMPCT, MCP, ANMT (Year 2)