Planning & City Resilience

Ulster University - Belfast

Planning & City Resilience

This programme focuses on the role of planning in adapting to the impacts of social (e.g. health and well-being), economic (e.g. city competitiveness) and environmental (e.g. climate crisis) challenges.

The programme explores a range of topics across four themes:
• Sustainable development
• Social and climate justice
• Inclusive planning and partnerships
• Smart interventions

You will benefit from research-led teaching from a multidisciplinary course team and learn from industry experts. Using a diverse range of learning and teaching approaches, the programme blends concepts and theories with real-world problems and solutions. The course is suitable for both current planners with aspirations to work in the area of resilience, and graduates from any undergraduate programme with an interest in planning.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page" below.

Subjects taught

Year one
Resilience Theory and Practice
International City Planning and Development
Spatial Planning and Practice
Healthy Communities
Sustainable Development - Strategy for a Secure Future
Research Methods and Project
Inclusive Engagement This module is optional
Environmental Protection and Sustainable Technologies This module is optional

Entry requirements

Standard entry conditions
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

Applicants must:
(a) have gained:

i. a second class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard;


ii. an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification;


(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").


All modules will be delivered through blended learning i.e. via virtual learning environment as well as traditional face-to-face teaching on Ulster University’s Belfast campus. Contact hours vary by module. Timetables are reviewed on an annual basis subject to staff and room resources.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

Post Course Info

Career options
Graduates will have excellent career opportunities in planning and development agencies and consultancies, local authorities, regeneration, environmental management, community development, and other planning related careers. Opportunities also exist within the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment for graduate to embark on PhD research in a wide range of planning and resilience topics.


Research Areas

The PhD in Celtic Studies usually involves close study of Celtic languages and literatures (e.g., Irish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic), but may encompass religion, history, archaeology, and the interface with the Latin and Germanic traditions of the Celtic-speaking regions. Doctoral research usually entails some degree of comparative work. The sources utilised tend to be medieval, but some topics may require the use of written sources of earlier or later date. For certain topics, knowledge of research methodologies other than those associated with Celtic Studies may have to be attained. The Structured PhD programme provides students with opportunities to acquire such training, and to learn non-Celtic languages (medieval and modern) that may be relevant to their research.

PhD students of Celtic Studies are usually supervised or co-supervised by scholars of Irish, Welsh, or Celtic (languages and literatures), but for some theses, supervisory expertise in archaeology, history, classical languages and literatures, or other disciplines may also be essential. The list of researcher profiles below is drawn from the disciplines of Archaeology, Classics, History, Old and Middle Irish, and Welsh.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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