M.Sc. On Campus

Planning, Development and Urban Design

12 months
26400 EUR/year
9340 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc Planning, Development and Urban Design at University College Dublin has been specifically tailored to enable fully-qualified architects to further develop, build upon and enhance relevant pre-existing professional knowledge, understanding, and skills, to specialise in both spatial planning and urban design.


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.

Career opportunities

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). 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Planning Methodology, 

  • Planning Society and Diversity, 

  • Urban and Regional Development, 

  •  Plan-Making Studio

  • Planning Law APEP, 

  • Urban Design Studio,

  •  Nature-Based Solutions,

  •  Research Design and Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26400 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9340 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9340 EUR per year during 12 months.

Part Time

  • EU per year - €4,780
  • Non-EU per year - €13,200

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

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. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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