This part-time programme provides an opportunity for practitioners (with five years relevant experience) who work in the area of the Built Environment in Ireland or abroad, to become professional planners by attending a part-time planning course. Through a modular delivery of lectures, tutorials and seminars over a period of 2.5 years, including the successful completion of a dissertation, students can obtain a recognised planning qualification.
The course is presented within the new School of Spatial Planning in the College of Engineering and the Built Environment in DIT Bolton Street. It is envisaged that the intake of students will be approx. 10-15 individuals of different disciplines and backgrounds, all with substantial experience in the built environment. Because students will be experienced practising professionals from different disciplines, the course provides scope for a considerable degree of inter-disciplinary learning and evaluation of experience both within the student group as well as between lecturers and students. Students are expected to actively contribute to this interactive process.
The group environment fosters a creative atmosphere of interactive problem-based learning. Students are set real-life challenges often involving actual problems facing planning agencies, who also get involved in tuition and assessment. The teaching faculty is made up of highly committed DIT personnel in addition to practising professionals who are considered some of Ireland’s leading experts in their respective disciplines.