The Planning, Development and Urban Design at University College Dublin also draws upon the particular research strengths of the School, providing students with the opportunity to engage with innovative approaches to sustainable and resilient urbanism, exploring emerging challenges surrounding the role of urban design in mitigating or adapting to climate change, in promoting ‘healthy’ cities or neighbourhoods, and the incorporation of ‘nature’ into design (e.g. nature-based solutions) to address habitat fragmentation and biodiversity loss.
Graduates will have the option of continuing a career in architectural practice, but with a specialism in the sought-after areas of spatial planning and urban design.
However, alternative career paths include roles in the public, private and community sectors, including planning and urban design consultancies, local authorities, development firms, regeneration companies, and environmental and other NGOs.
The MSc Planning, Development & Urban Design is fully accredited (both spatial and specialist) by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
Planning Society and Diversity,
Urban and Regional Development,
Planning Law APEP,
Urban Design Studio,
Research Design and Methods
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
- Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.
DisciplinesArchitecture Civil Engineering & Construction Design View 19 other Masters in Design in Ireland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- The programme is open to applications from fully qualified architects, i.e. applicants must have completed their architectural education and be listed on a recognised statutory professional architectural register (e.g. RIAI, ARB) or fully qualified and registered as an architect in accordance with EU Directive 2005/36/EC (recognition of professional qualifications), or other international equivalent.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
International26400 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26400 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA9340 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9340 EUR per year during 12 months.
- EU per year - €4,780
- Non-EU per year - €13,200
Living costs for Dublin
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme.
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