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Urban Regeneration & Development

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.

This new Post-graduate Certificate 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.

Course Content
General Structure
The Post-graduate Certificate in Regeneration and Development is a part- time course that runs over nine months at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Lectures take place on Thursday afternoons and evenings over two semesters. In addition a module in Urban Regeneration and Development Fundamentals will be hosted online and available to the student in the student's own time.

Entry requirements

An Honours bachelor degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent is required. Eligible candidates may be interviewed where work/career experience is being considered in lieu of academic qualifications.

Note: Satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience.


1 year part-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
This is a new course that reflects development in regeneration at a local and national level. Based on experience elsewhere, it is anticipated that there will be significant opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

The programme is intended to equip graduates with the skills to critically engage with a wide variety of disciplines and sectors. This allows graduates to facilitate and manage regeneration from a developmental, community and place-making perspective.

Further enquiries

Programme co-ordinator
Ciarán Cuffe
Department of Environment and Planning
School of Spatial Planning and Transport Engineering
College of Engineering and Built Environment
DIT Bolton Street
Dublin 1
Tel: 01 402 3710

Subjects taught

Urban Regeneration and Development Fundamentals

Spatial Planning and Sustainable Communities

Funding, Feasibility and Economics of Regeneration


Urban Regeneration and Development Fundamentals (5 credits) This online module introduces the student to current theories of urban regeneration and development. It provides an historical introduction to the topic and focuses in detail on urban regeneration and development from the mid-twentieth century onwards. It discusses recent developments in Ireland and abroad and examines current trends.

Spatial Planning and Sustainable Communities (5 credits) Students explore how communities are formed and changed by the interaction of environmental, social and economic forces. It explores planning legislation and its strengths and weaknesses in shaping communities.

Funding, Feasibility and Economics of Regeneration (5 credits) This assists the student to understand the funding, feasibility and economic basis for regeneration projects. It provides the student with a detailed introduction to financial aspects of regeneration. It gives the students an understanding of the economic constraints and opportunities relating to complex projects.

Housing (5 credits) This module introduces students to Irish housing policy and its evolution in recent times. They study various approaches to housing provision. They also explore the range of current issues facing housing policy makers and the relationship between housing, community and sustainable economic development.

Collaborative Planning (5 credits) This module explores how communities can be involved in urban regeneration and development. It traces the history of initiatives that involve residents in the making of decisions that affect them. It reviews the recent experience of communities experiencing development and regeneration in Ireland and elsewhere, and examines best practice in community involvement in decision-making.

Communities, Development and Change (5 credits) provides an introduction to concepts of community, theories of community development, trends in Irish community development policy and examines the relationship between community development, planning and development and urban and rural renewal.


College of Engineering and Built Environment, Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1.

Timetable / Hours
Nine months: From start of 3rd week in September to end of May. Formal attendance is required on campus one afternoon and one evening a week during term.

Graduates are eligible for the award of Post-graduate Certificate in Urban Regeneration and Development of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Currently accreditation is being sought from by the Institute of Economic Development, the Royal Town Planning Institute, and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

This course is delivered by: School of Spatial Planning and Transport Engineering

Assessment method

Course assessment is by a combination of written examinations and assignments. Each module is subject to separate assessment.

Application date

Closing Date: SEPT INTAKE - The general closing date is 27th April 2018. Please note that late applications may be accepted subject to availability.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018

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