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Landscape Built Heritage & Design

Drawing on the European Landscape Convention and other instruments, this MA explores the complex interrelationships that exist between built heritage, planning, design and landscape in different places. Anticipating, managing and making decisions about the character of our cities, neighbourhoods and rural areas are difficult challenges everywhere in the world. Also, these decisions are often made within the kind of technical, political and bureaucratic processes that many communities, developers and even specialists find difficult to engage with. Graduates of this MA programme will become effective and persuasive participants within these processes: their real-world and cross disciplinary skills and competencies will help to ensure that the decisions made about built environments, heritage and landscape assets everywhere will be more robust and sustainable.

This programme is taken on a full time basis over 12 months. Teaching hours will be two to three days per week over two twelve-week terms together with up to two afternoon studio sessions or tutorials per week, all supported by individual study / reading time. There will be a 7- to 8-day rural field trip in the second teaching term. Shorter study visits (optional) and day field visits are included in other modules where appropriate; students will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the study visits. The Dissertation is completed in the summer months following the second teaching term.

Students who pass Part 1 (including those who pass with an aggregate score of less than 50%) may exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape, Built Heritage and Design. Students who progress to Part 2 but neither pass nor complete Part 2 may also be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape, Built Heritage and Design.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a degree at Second Class Honours level (or higher) in an appropriate subject in the fields of Science, Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Law, Commerce, Engineering, Architecture, or Government or similar.

Selection will be based on academic achievement, an interview and relevant work experience (if any).

Applicants who hold a degree at a level lower than Second Class honours may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications and their experience in a relevant field and admission will be subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences

For applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of proficiency in English will be required.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

Full-time 1 year.
This programme is taken on a full time basis over 12 months. Teaching hours will be two to three days per week over two twelve-week terms together with up to two afternoon studio sessions or tutorials per week, all supported by individual study / reading time. There will be a 7- to 8-day rural field trip in the second teaching term. Shorter study visits (optional) and day field visits are included in other modules where appropriate; students will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the study visits. The Dissertation is completed in the summer months following the second teaching term.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Our graduates will have the capacity to be effective in the non-governmental sector, the government or local government sector, the property and business sector and other fields that have a stake in the management and design of built heritage, landscapes and the quality of places. It will be a useful complementary qualification for specialists in architecture, planning, building, environmental science, public policy, infrastructure, energy, community development, archaeology, cultural geography and a range of other fields.

Further enquiries

Brendan O’Sullivan
E: brendan.osullivan@ucc.ie
P: 00 353 21 2151589

Programme Administrator Name: Tina McSweeney
Email Address: t.mcsweeney@ucc.ie
Telephone: +353 21 490 4356

Address:
UCC Programme in Planning and Sustainable Development
Connolly Building
Mardyke
CORK
Ireland

Subjects taught

This programme covers the three main subject areas (Landscape, Built Heritage and Design) through a set of inter-connected teaching modules framed by a solid framework of spatial planning subjects that give it a practical, decision-making focus.

The landscape component (which, for this MA, embraces both urban and rural settings) draws on technical, cultural, aesthetic and procedural perspectives as a basis for teaching and learning. The core modules address landscape context, character, open space and change at both the strategic scale (city, city- region, rural district) and at the local level (neighbourhood, site, open space). Built heritage and design are addressed through problem-solving based modules that cover urban design and conservation as well as a range of skills that cover effective communication, presentation and engagement.

These are complemented by a set of planning modules that address city planning contexts, rural planning contexts, the legal planning processes that govern decision-making about landscape and a range of optional modules from cultural geography, ecology and architecture.

Students who complete this course will know how various stakeholders can address issues of landscape change in effective ways and be comfortable with the basic principles of conservation, protection and preservation of built heritage. As a key principle they will also have a rounded sense of how new development can respect the character, traditions and quality of existing places while - in appropriate circumstances - facilitating change, improvement and development.

In the final semester, drawing on the learning progression of the other modules, a major research project / dissertation focusing on a real-life practical case study is carried out. Students who wish to leave the programme without completing the dissertation may, if they have passed all of the taught modules, opt to be conferred with a UCC Higher Diploma in Landscape, Built Heritage and Design.

Comment

Who Teaches This Course
The core of this course is taught by the full-time and part-time staff of the UCC Centre for Planning Education & Research and by lecturers from the UCC Department of Law, assisted by visiting specialist lecturers for different subjects as required. Elective (optional) modules are delivered by staff of the UCC Department of Geography, Centre for Architectural Education and Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science.

Unique Aspects of the Course
This MA is rather unique in that, rather than focusing on specialist understandings of individual landscape and design topics, it takes a broad approach to the subject in real-world, decision-making contexts. It is suitable for early-career graduates from a wide variety of subject areas and it is particularly relevant now that the European Landscape Convention has widely been adopted. Citizens with a general interest in heritage and the environment would also be welcome and, with certain modules being offered on a stand-alone basis, it will also appeal to established practitioners who have continuing professional development needs in this emerging area.

Assessment method

All but two of the core modules are assessed through continuous assessment (essays, practical assignments, field reports, group assignments, presentations, design assignments and tutorials) in order to develop practical competencies in the relevant subject areas. Written examinations are held for the remaining core modules and may also be held for some of the elective (optional) modules that are delivered by different departments.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €6,000 full-time; Students will be asked to contribute towards the cost of fieldtrips.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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