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Regional & Urban Planning

MRUP Regional & Urban Planning
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
In today's complex and rapidly changing world, with the threats posed by climate change, economic crisis and rapid urban growth, planners face the challenge of creating places that combine environmental quality with a vibrant economy, quality of life and distributive justice.

This two-year professional planning degree develops the requisite conceptual knowledge and practical skills required by planners in this increasingly complex environment.

You will develop an understanding of the administrative, legal and policy frameworks in which spatial planning operates and the social, political, economic and environmental challenges facing planning. You will become familiar with the use and application of GIS methodologies and will develop skills for plan making and transportation planning.

Depending on your interests, you choose to specialise in either development and design, or environmental planning.

- A structured combination of theoretical discussion, practical studio-based learning and independent research.

- Intensive learning experience which is policy relevant and practice related.

- Potential in year 2 (based on competitive selection process) for 1 semester exchange with the Master in Urban Planning Program at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

- Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Irish Planning Institute, which are internationally recognised qualifications

Applications are welcome from graduates from any discipline, though undergraduate disciplines with a thematic link to Planning are preferred. The programme is also suitable for those with a professional background in a field related to Planning who might wish to develop and broaden their skillset.

Entry requirements

- Applicants should present an undergraduate degree with at least a lower class honours or equivalent (GPA at least 2.8), in any academic field, with a preference for fields of study related to Planning and/or equivalent relevant professional experience.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 or 2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this Masters are to be found working as professional planners in the public & private sector, as GIS consultants, as policy, advisors, property development consultants, and as community & rural development coordinators. Graduates find employment with a wide variety of companies including international planning institutes, national planning agencies, government departments, local authorities, transportation agencies, planning consultancy firms, urban regeneration companies, wind & solar energy companies, and environmental NGOs.

Related Programmes
MArchSc Urban Design FT
MSc Environmental Policy FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katie O'Neill
Contact Number:+353 (0)1716 1781

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Planning Law APEP LAW41660
Planning Methodology PEP40020
Placemaking: Urban and Rural Design PEP40050
Planning, Society and Diversity PEP40090
Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning PEP40100
Rural & Landscape Planning PEP40190
Economic and Property Markets PEP40270
Research Design & Methods PEP40640
Environmental Assessment PEP40800

Stage 1 - Option
Transportation Planning PEP40210
Tools for Sust Development PEP40610
Urban Design Studio PEP40660
Governing Nature PEP40880

Stage 2 - Core
Urban and Regional Development PEP40250
Leadership, Project and Development Management PEP40280
MRUP Thesis PEP40680
Planning Studio: Plan Making PEP40690

Stage 2 - Option
Conservation History, Theory and Policy ARCT40170
Housing Policy and Planning PEP40260
Comparative Planning PEP40520
European Environmental Policy PEP40560
Urban Env: Risk, Resil, Sust PEP40700
Planning Practice Ind. Project PEP40780

Application date

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The following entry routes are available:

MRUP (AP) FT (W178)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MRUP FT (W032)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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