The syllabus reflects the recent focus on regenerating and renewing existing urban areas. The course content includes collaborative planning, place-making in towns and villages, and tackling the challenge of unfinished developments. It will appeal to built environment practitioners and others who wish to broaden their skills in understanding, and managing urban renewal and development.
Students have the opportunity to specialise in community, place-making and development streams.
This new two year part-time or one year full-time masters degree responds to development subsequent to the economic crisis. It offers students an opportunity to explore the multi-disciplinary challenges of development in existing areas. By focussing on brown-field areas rather than green-field sites, the programme show how economic, environmental and social gains can be achieved, with real benefits to communities and developers.
As new incentives are introduced to encourage investment in 'Living Cities', the programme shows how targeted initiatives can best be used to achieve success. The course is open to prospective students with an honours degree and three years relevant experience.
The MSc Urban Regeneration and Development is a part- time course that runs over 27 months at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Lectures take place on Thursday afternoons and evenings in semesters 1 and 2. In addition the module in Urban Regeneration and Development Fundamentals will be hosted online and available in the student's own time.
In Year One the Programme is structured to provide modules which ensure that students are exposed to the most current thinking about the core topics of Urban Regeneration and Development – such as: Spatial Planning and Sustainable Communities; Urban Regeneration and Development Fundamentals; Funding, Feasibility and Economics of Regeneration and a core model in Housing Policy and Practice
At the start of the second semester the students chooses their specialism in the Development, Community of Place-Making Stream. Within each stream the student shall take three modules over the course of the Programme and explore their speciality in depth, with a grounding in theory as well as an investigation of topical issues and case-studies. Students may also select two elective modules from across the Institute's Programmes.
Year Two: A two semester regeneration project is a key element in the second year of study. The class focus on an urban area or region that is poised for renewal. The students' multi-disciplinary skills are then used to develop a detailed redevelopment proposal that will be presented to external reviewers. In addition students undertake a module in European Regeneration and Development. As part of this module, students undertake a study trip to a city abroad that is experiencing major redevelopment, and meet with regeneration professionals and community leaders. The Year also includes a module in Research Techniques that prepares the student for their Final Year dissertation.
By the end of Year Two students will have selected a dissertation topic and will develop a 15-20,000 detailed exploration of their chosen field for submission at the mid-point of the subsequent semester.