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Master of Regional & Urban Planning (MRUP)

2020 Details

Programme Commencing:

September 2020

Programme duration:

2 Years

Master of Regional & Urban Planning (MRUP)

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.

Highlight: 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.

  • 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 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.

Indicative Module List:

  • Placemaking
  • Planning Law, Governance and Ethics
  • GIS for Policy and Planning
  • Planning Methodology
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Planning Society and Diversity
  • Economics and Property Markets
  • Rural and Landscape Planning
  • Plan Making Project
  • Urban and Regional Development
  • Leadership Project and Development Management
  • Comparative Planning
What past graduates have to say:
John Meehan
“The MRUP is the oldest and most prestigious planning masters in Ireland with a large network of former graduates working in Ireland and abroad. I wanted to do a Masters that would give me professional skills and qualifications as well as having a strong academic focus. Being accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute was also essential. The experience gained of working on team and individual projects to produce policy strategies, research papers and urban design was extremely valuable and helped me to adapt to my role as a consultant. Personal highlights of the MRUP were the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Vancouver and the week long European field trip as part of the international planning module. I am now a planning consultant based in London”
Jonathan Waugh
MRUP Graduate, working in CgMs Consulting, London
What past graduates have to say:
Karolina Chaber
‘Having studied planning in UCD at undergraduate level, completing the MRUP seemed like a natural progression. Studying Planning, Geography, and Environment provided me with the essential knowledge and background required to progress to further study in the field of planning. The MRUP gave me the opportunity to study with some of the leading academics in their field and gave me a solid footing in the fundamentals of planning. One of the key benefits I have taken from the MRUP is its flexibility. In an age where planners need to be more diverse, the MRUP allows graduates to pursue a multitude of career paths following its completion.

Since graduating, I have worked in different fields including heritage, policy, research and local government. For me, the accreditation of the programme by the Royal Town Planning Institute was one of its main attractions.
James White
Policy and Research Manager at UDIA Sydney New South Wales

Entry Requirements:

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.

Other courses of interest:

MSc Environmental PolicyMSc Urban Design and Planning

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