This two year Masters will provide graduates from a range of backgrounds with the skills and knowledge to begin a career as a professional planner. Planners are at the forefront of creating sustainable futures for society, developing policy and practices to mitigate against climate change and creating places that combine environmental quality, with a vibrant economy, good quality of life and distributive justice.
The MRUP integrates knowledge from a range of subject areas to deepen and broaden student’s understanding of spatial, environmental, social and economic issues and relevant planning and policy responses. It provides graduates with employment opportunities in the traditional areas of public sector planning (local authorities and government agencies) and private sector planning consultancy, together with opportunities in emerging areas such as renewable energy planning, local and community development and environmental NGOs.
The MRUP is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) and these qualifications are internationally recognised. The Planning School in UCD has 50 years experience delivering high quality planning education and is Ireland’s leading planning research centre.
UCD is highly attractive to students due to the exposure to world leading
researchers and the significant career prospects.
The MRUP involves lectures, seminars, lab based classes and in particular project-based learning through studio projects. A key element of our programme is the input from planning practitioners and policy makers. Each student has the opportunity to specialise in either, the area of Development and Design or, Environmental Planning and to complete a thesis in their chosen specialist area in the second semester of the second year.
Applicants should have a 2.1 primary degree or equivalent (please contact the school for international GPA equivalents) in any academic field, but with a preference for fields of study related to planning. Strong 2.2 degrees may be considered.