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BSc City Planning & Environmental Policy

2021 Details

Programme Commencing:

September 2021

Programme duration:

3 Years
+ 1 year Master's programme

BSc in City Planning & Environmental Policy

If you are interested in both the built and natural environment, a degree in City Planning & Environmental Policy offers you a unique opportunity to further your interests. The degree integrates subjects that will deepen and broaden your understanding of environmental, social and economic issues, and set these in a practical policy context. A degree in City Planning & Environmental Policy provides you with strong analytical skills, as well as the ability to think critically about development and environmental issues. This career orientated degree provides the first steps to pursuing a career as a professional planner, urban designer or environmental policy expert.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The final step towards your career as a planner is to complete a one-year specialist Master’s in Planning in UCD: the Master of Regional & Urban Planning, the MSc in Urban Design and Planning or the MSc in Environmental Policy. This will ensure you gain the necessary professional accreditations, including that of the Irish Planning Institute and the Royal Town Planning Institute. Graduates find employment as planners in:

  • Government & local authorities
  • Planning & environmental consultancies
  • Local & regional development organisations
  • Private companies (marketing/location/real estate/ infrastructure)
  • Non-governmental organisations (environmental/heritage/international development)


UCD is highly attractive to students due to the exposure to world leading
researchers and the significant career prospects.

  • UCD is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutes worldwide.
  • Degrees with high employability with dedicated careers support.
  • Ireland’s largest and most international university.
  • Established in 1854 with 160 years of teaching and research excellence.

what will i study?

The degree in City Planning & Environmental Policy includes modules in:

First Year

  • Introduction to Spatial Planning
  • Environmental Change & Policy
  • History of City Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Rural Change, Development & Planning
  • Urbanisation & Climate Change
  • Sustainability Studio
  • Research Methods
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Introduction to Spatial Dynamics

Second Year

  • Local & Community Planning
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Smart Cities
  • Urban & Regional Economics
  • Governing the City

Third Year

  • Urban & Rural Design
  • Transport Planning
  • Housing & Neighourhood Planning
  • Rural Landscape Planning
  • Environmental Management
  • Planning, Society & Diversity
  • Comparative Planning
  • Environmental Innovation
  • Planning Law

The modules are delivered in a variety of formats, including lectures, labs and studios, and they comprise individual and team-based work and assessment, as well as end-of-semester examinations.

How to make the choice to make a change

Entry Requirements:

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade 06/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

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