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Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development


Course Description

Professional planners work in the public, private and non-governmental sectors at national regional and local levels. They have a broad ranging of abilities and skills for promoting sustainable places and communities in effective and creative ways. With dual accreditation and a two year formation, Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development (MPlan) graduates from UCC are well regarded by employers around the world. The MPlan is a two year taught course that prepares graduates for professional careers in town and country planning, regional and spatial planning, sustainable and related environmental fields.

The MPlan course is fully accredited by the Irish Planning Institute and the Royal Town Planning Institute giving a recognised international professional qualification. MPlan is also is a full member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

The course is made up of fifteen taught modules, including a research dissertation in the second year. The teaching covers both the theory and practice of town and country planning and includes significant field work and engagement with real life planning issues. Specialist areas of the programme include planning and environmental law, urban design and infrastructure and rural planning.

The MPlan teaching staff are professionally qualified and experienced planners; they are supported by lecturers from across the University as well as by specialist lecturers, practitioners and guest contributors from outside UCC.

Application for this programme is on-line at http://www.pac.ie/ucc (taught masters code CKE69).

Entry Requirements

A second class degree or higher in Arts, Social Science, Architecture, Engineering, Science, Commerce, or Law (or equivalent). In exceptional circumstances candidates who hold a primary degree other than honours, and who demonstrate a high level of relevant work experience, may also be eligible for entry to the course. All prospective students will also be asked to submit a written expression of interest and/or attend an interview.

Course Fees

EU Students €8,390 (2011-2012) per year. Non EU Students €16,000 (2011-2012) per year


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