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Masters in Regional and Urban Planning
Duration: 2 Years
Schedule: Full Time
Starting: September
Contact Name: Katie O'Neill
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 1781
Fees: Fee Information
  • Longest established accredited professional Planning Degree in the Republic of Ireland
  • Accredited by the RTPI and IPI
  • Qualifies students for Planning Practice throughout the EU as well as in the US and Australia
  • A structured combination of theoretical modules and practical, studio based, learning
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Who is the Master of Regional and Urban Planning for?

The Master of Regional and Urban Planning (MRUP) is a two-year professional planning degree, which will provide you with the first steps to becoming a professional chartered planner. The MRUP offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and values fundamental to a career in planning and skills and knowledge which are transferrable to other careers.  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.


If you have already completed a 3 year undergraduate degree in spatial planning you should refer to our one year planning programmes the MSc in City Planning and Resilience and the MSc in Environmental Planning.

What will I learn?


Within the MRUP programme 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. You will also develop a suite of transferrable skills, including skills in spatial analysis, project management skills, mediation and advocacy skills, organisational management and leadership skills, problem solving and decision making skills and, communication skills.  Depending on your interests you can choose to specialize in either development and design or environmental planning.


How will I benefit?

The Masters in Regional and Urban Planning is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Irish Planning Institute and these qualifications are recognised internationally. The degree is highly regarded by prospective employers and gives you a competitive advantage in the job market.  The course is taught by both our academic staff and planning practitioners and as a result students benefit from research informed teaching and practical and professional insights. 


What is the programme about

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 good environmental quality, with a vibrant economy, good 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.



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