Regional and Urban Planning


Welcome to UCD Regional and Urban Planning – with a 50 year legacy of excellence in education and research and imprint on the development of the planning profession in Ireland and beyond. We offer a range of professional programmes at undergraduate and graduate level:

All programmes are internationally recognised and accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Irish Planning Institute. Our teaching programmes emphasise employability, with a focus on practice-based teaching, integrating research into the classroom, and equipping our students with leading edge skills and knowledge to make effective and innovative practitioners. We also have a vibrant and rigorous PhD programme.

UCD Regional and Urban Planning is an internationally renowned centre of excellence and contributor to the European and global educational and research agenda through its membership of the European Association of Schools of Planning (AESOP), NEURUS and Universitas 21. The academic staff operates within a research-intensive environment and are respected members of the Irish and international academic community. The staff have unrivalled links with planning and design practitioners across the globe, ensuring that our graduates have the skills and networks for career development. In 2016, we celebrate 50 years of Planning at UCD, making us the oldest and longest established planning programme in Ireland.

If you are interested in how cities and regions are developed, revitalised and made functional and quality places, consider UCD Planning for your study or visit. Our degrees will provide you with strong analytical skills, along with the underpinning theoretical, methodological and technological knowledge. They integrate subjects that will deepen and broaden your understanding of the spatial, built environment, social and economic issues, and set these in a practical context.  Our graduates are employed by government and local authority agencies, planning consultancies, and development organisations and institutes at all levels – local/regional to national and global.