Urban Regeneration & Development - Bolton Street

What is... Urban Regeneration & Development?
The Master of Science in Urban Regeneration and Development is a two-year part-time programme that reflects on the challenges facing our existing city, town and village centres today in terms of the renewal of underutilised and decaying urban areas. The programme equips students with the knowledge and tools to tackle issues of urban decline in an effective and innovative manner. It will appeal to built environment practitioners and others who wish to broaden their skills in understanding and managing the processes and products of urban regeneration and development.

The programme is designed to be multi-disciplinary and highly engaged with industry and civic society, encouraging best practice and reflectiveness, and to facilitate new research and innovation in urban regeneration. Sustainability is at the core of the programme, and shows how urban regeneration can benefit both the local and wider economy, environment and society.

The programme exposes students to both traditional and emerging toolkits. Successful urban regeneration requires familiarity and competence in a range of skillsets, including but not exclusive to: development economics; urban planning and design; public engagement; and heritage conservation.

The requirements of the MSc in Urban Regeneration and Development are that each student must achieve a minimum number of 90 ECTS credits to successfully complete the course. A total of 30 credits are assigned to research techniques and the associated research dissertation (completed in year two). The remaining 60 credits are divided between two academic years and comprise of Core and Optional (elective) Modules.

Subjects taught

Core Modules include the following:

Urban Regeneration & Development Project (10 credits)
Urban Regeneration & Development Fundamentals (5 credits)
Funding, Feasibility & Economics of Regeneration (5 credits)
Spatial Planning & Sustainable Communities (5 credits)
Collaborative Planning (5 credits)
Urban & Building Conservation (5 credits)
Placemaking (5 credits)
Research Techniques (5 credits)
Dissertation (25 credits)

The elective aspect of the programme varies but typically allows students to participate in an international field trip (5 credits) and/or choose from a specified selection of taught modules selected to reflect the programme philosophy and learning outcomes. A list of available Option Modules are issued at the commencement of the academic year, but typically includes modules such as:

Housing Policy & Practice (5 credits)
Local Governance, Development & Innovation (5 credits)
Transport & Mobility (5 credits)
National & Regional Planning (5 credits)
Property Development (5 credits)

The international field-trip allows comparative analysis and immediate exposure to contemporary practice in a contrasting environment. This and other optional modules may be delivered in conjunction with other masters' programmes within the School.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
Entry to the course is contingent upon: -

1. An appropriate honours (minimum 2.2 grade) degree; and

2. An ability to demonstrate current professional practice OR a minimum of three years experience in urban planning, design, development or a related discipline. An interview may also be undertaken to assess the applicant's interest in the subject and motivation for wishing to undertake the programme.

Offers of places on the programme can be made to applicants who successfully demonstrate the above criteria via the production of: -

academic transcripts

a professional curriculum vitae

appropriate references

a brief covering letter

The brief (one-page) covering letter is required to outline principal areas of professional expertise and experience. This should include a short statement of motivation to undertake the programme. Two references are required, ideally in support of professional, academic and / or personal ability.

Note: Satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place.

Application dates

Applications will open on 1st July 2021


2 years part-time.

Method of Delivery: Classroom

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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