Regional & Urban Planning

University College Dublin

County/location

  • Dublin

Qualifications

  • Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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  • Full time
  • Part time

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MRUP

Enrolment and Start Dates Comment

Starting: September 2014.

Application Date

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Application Weblink

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Duration

1 or 2 years full-time.

Link to Course Fee

http://www.ucd.ie/registry/adminservices/fees/feerates.html

Entry Requirements

- An undergraduate degree in any academic field, with a preference for fields of study related to Planning and/or equivalent relevant professional experience.

- At a minimum applicants should have a second class honours degree (2.2) or equivalent (your transcript should include grades for each subject taken).

- Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation. At least one of these should be a senior member of academic staff at your current institution or a senior member of staff at your current place of employment.

- If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required.

- If you would like further information or to discuss the programme in more detail please contact Programme Director: Dr. Paula Russell paula.russell@ucd.ie or our graduate administrator dominic.shellard@ucd.ie

Course Content

Overview
Who is the Masters in Regional and Urban Planning for?
Applications are welcome from graduates from any discipline, though undergraduate disciplines with a thematic link to Planning are preferred. The programme would also be suitable for those with a professional background in a field related to Planning who might wish to develop and broaden their skillset.

What will I learn?
Within the MRUP programme you will develop an understanding of the administrative, legal and policy frameworks in which spatial planning operates and the social political, economic and environmental challenges facing planning. You will become familiar with the use and application of GIS methodologies and will develop skills for plan making and transportation planning. You will also develop a suite of transferable skills, including skills in spatial analysis, project management skills, mediation and advocacy skills, organisational management and leadership skills, problem solving and decision making skills and, communication skills. Depending on your interests you can choose to specialise in either development and design or environmental planning.

How will I benefit?
The Masters in Regional and Urban Planning is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Irish Planning Institute and these qualifications are recognised internationally. The degree is highly regarded by prospective employers and gives you a competitive advantage in the job market. The course is taught by both our academic staff and planning practitioners and as a result students benefit from research informed teaching and practical and professional insights.

What is the programme about
In today's complex and rapidly changing world, with the threats posed by climate change, economic crisis, and rapid urban growth, planners face the challenge of creating places that combine good environmental quality, with a vibrant economy, good quality of life and distributive justice. This two-year professional planning degree develops the requisite conceptual knowledge and practical skills, required by planners in this increasingly complex environment.

Programme Features:
- A structured combination of theoretical discussion, practical studio-based learning and independent research.

- Intensive learning experience which is policy relevant and practice related.

- Potential in year 2 (based on competitive selection process) for 1 semester exchange with the Master in Urban Planning Program at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Curriculum
The MRUP combines core modules which are taken by all students covering the key knowledge and skills required by a professional planner, with a choice of electives and a core project within one of the two specialist areas, Development and Design or Environmental Planning.

In each year of the programme you will have the opportunity to develop and apply skills and knowledge developed in lecture based modules in an integrated practical project. In the final semester of your second year you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent piece of specialist research during the completion of a thesis.

Subjects Taught

Year 1:
Core Modules:
Planning, Society and Diversity
Placemaking
Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning
Economics and Property Markets
Research Design & methods
Planning and Development Methodology
Rural and Landscape Planning
Irish Planning Law
Transportation Planning

Development and Design Specialism:
Studio
Urban Design (core)
Electives choose one from:
The Urban Environment: Risk, Resilience and Sustainability
Housing Dynamics and Policy
Smart Cities

Environmental Planning Specialism:
Integrated Project
Tools for Sustainable Development (core)
Electives choose one from:
The Urban Environment: Risk, Resilience and Sustainability
Conservation and climate change
European Environmental Policy
Concepts and Principles of Environmental Law

Year 2:
Core Modules:
Public Policy and the Environment
Urban and Regional Development
Leadership and Development Project Management
Planning Studio Project

Development and Design Specialism:
Electives Choose one from:
Community Resilience
Architectural Conservation History, Theory and Policy
Independent Study

Environmental Planning Specialism:
Electives choose one from:
Community Resilience
Environmental Change and Processes
Environmental Economics
Independent Study

Thesis

Careers or Further Progression

Careers
Graduates of the MRUP are to be found working as professional planners in both the public and private sector. Our graduates have found employment with international and national planning agencies and institutes, government departments, local authorities, transportation agencies, planning consultancy firms, and property firms. Graduates have also pursued careers in a range of other areas which utilise the types of skills developed within the degree. These include graduates working with environmental and other NGOs, working as animators of local and community development, as GIS consultants, as researchers, as policy advisors and as planning advisors to utility companies, large retailers and transportation companies.

Further Enquiries

Dominic Shellard
dominic.shellard@ucd.ie
+353 (0) 1 716 2756

Course Web Page

http://www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies/coursefinder/taughtprogrammes/masters-...