UCD Home | About UCD | UCD News & Events | Virtual Tour | Contact UCD | Staff Directories | UCD Sitemap | UCD Connect
Masters in Regional and Urban Planning
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.
Applications to this programme are considered on a rolling basis. Applications for September 2012 entry are now open. There are three admissions stages, the closing date for the first is Tuesday 17th January 2012, the closing date for the second is Friday 16th March 2012 and the closing date for the third and final stage is Friday 11th May 2012. Early application is highly recommended.
Other Masters Courses from the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy you may be interested in:
The MRUP combines core modules which are taken by all students covering the key knowledge and skills required by a professional planner, with a choice of electives and a core project within one of the two specialist areas, Development and Design or Environmental Planning.
In each year of the programme you will have the opportunity to develop and apply skills and knowledge developed in lecture based modules in an integrated practical project. In the final semester of your second year you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent piece of specialist research during the completion of a thesis.
Graduates of the MRUP are to be found working as professional planners in both the public and private sector. Our graduates have found employment with international and national planning agencies and institutes, government departments, local authorities, transportation agencies, planning consultancy firms, and property firms. Graduates have also pursued careers in a range of other areas which utilise the types of skills developed within the degree. These include graduates working with environmental and other NGOs, working as animators of local and community development, as GIS consultants, as researchers, as policy advisors and as planning advisors to utility companies, large retailers and transportation companies.