The Master's Degree in Planning and Sustainable Development (MPlan) is an internationally-recognised, professionally-accredited master's course in spatial planning and development for cities, regions, towns, rural areas, and neighbourhoods.
As chartered professionals, MPlan graduates tackle real-world sustainability and environmental challenges in public, private and community settings throughout the world. :
The MPlan is a comprehensive, two-year course compatible with European standards and with international professional training models for planning. Our graduates come from many different disciplines, so our course offers a rich learning environment for people to fine-tune their areas of interest into a practical, ethical and effective field of action with relevance in the contemporary world.
The degree, which has a strong theoretical and ethical foundation, develops a wide range of skills and abilities leading to a strong capacity for making real-world, imaginative and balanced proposals and recommendations about the future of places.
Having graduated from the MPlan course you will be able to make a genuine and enduring contribution to society. The course content and learning progression of the MPlan has been designed around the professional accreditation requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Irish Planning Institute.
Modules will cover topics including:
place-making and design
spatial planning at various different scales
development and growth in rural and urban areas
legal and political know-how
technical competence and a deep understanding of the realities of sustainable development.
For detailed information on the current programme modules and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar.
Who teaches this course
The core of this degree is taught by the full-time and part-time staff of the UCC Centre for Planning Education & Research (which is a full member Association of European Schools of Planning) and by lecturers from the UCC Departments of Law, Applied Social Studies and Sociology. They are also assisted by visiting specialist lecturers for different subjects as required.
Why Choose This Course
The MPlan at UCC is known for the high quality of its graduates and its broad-based approach to learning. With a core teaching team of experienced professional planners, the course sits at the meeting point between the rigour of academic thought and effectiveness of real-world practice. It has an international focus (with two study visits outside of Ireland) and a disciplinary ethos which strddles the physical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. This makes it especially interesting for English-speaking graduates from North America, Asia and from the global South who are interested in furthering their education in a progressive European university.