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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

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 in roles such as a professional planner, GIS consultant, researcher, policy advisor, property consultant or community development co-ordinator. These 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, or utility companies to name but a few.

Related Programmes
MArchSc Urban Design FT
MSc Environmental Policy FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Michelle Mathews
Contact Number: +353 (0)1716 1802

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Planning Law APEP
Planning Methodology
Placemaking: Urban and Rural Design
Planning, Society and Diversity
Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning
Rural & Landscape Planning
Economic and Property Markets
Research Design & Methods
Environmental Assessment

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

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

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


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

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017.

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