City Planning & Environmental Policy

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN130
CAO Points Range 2017: N/A
Length of Course: 3 Years (+ 1 year Master's programme)
Average Intake: 25

Leaving Certificate:

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade 06/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

If you are interested in both the built and natural environment, and how human actions affect the environment, a degree in City Planning & Environmental Policy offers you a unique opportunity to further your interests. The degree integrates subjects that will deepen and broaden your understanding of environmental, social and economic issues, and set these in a practical policy context. A degree in City Planning & Environmental Policy provides you with strong analytical skills, as well as the ability to think critically about development and environmental issues. This career orientated degree provides the first steps to pursuing a career as a professional planner, urban designer or environmental policy expert.

Key Fact: The degree is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). In order to gain full recognition by the RTPI, you must complete an accredited one-year specialist Master’s degree in Planning.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The final step towards your career as a planner is to complete a one-year specialist Master’s in Planning in UCD: the Master of Regional & Urban Planning, the MSc in Urban Design and Planning or the MSc in Environmental Policy. This will ensure you gain the necessary professional accreditations, including that of the Irish Planning Institute and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Graduates find employment as planners in:

  • Government & local authorities
  • Planning & environmental consultancies
  • Local & regional development organisations
  • Private companies (marketing/location/real estate/ infrastructure)
  • Non-governmental organisations (environmental/heritage/international development)

What Will I Study

The degree in City Planning & Environmental Policy includes modules in:

First Year

  • Introduction to Spatial Planning
  • Environmental Change & Policy
  • History of City Planning
  • Introduction to Urban Design
  • Rural Change, Development & Planning
  • Urbanisation & Climate Change
  • Sustainability Studio
  • Research Methods
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Introduction to Spatial Dynamics

Second Year

  • Local & Community Planning
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Smart Cities
  • Urban & Regional Economics
  • Governing the City

Third Year

  • Urban & Rural Design
  • Transport Planning
  • Housing & Neighourhood Planning
  • Rural Landscape Planning
  • Environmental Management
  • Planning, Society & Diversity
  • Comparative Planning
  • Environmental Innovation
  • Planning Law

The modules are delivered in a variety of formats, including lectures, labs and studios, and they comprise individual and team-based work and assessment, as well as end-of-semester examinations.

International Study Opportunities

Erasmus opportunities present an exciting range of choices for study abroad, including:

  • Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • University of Connecticut, USA
  • University of Cagliari, Sardinia


“My ideal progression when I decided to study with the Planning and Environmental Policy department in UCD was to change the world! Social justice, environmental protection and how we create beautiful places have long been important topics in my life. Now there is so much in the news about climate change, the need to create better places to live and work in and how humans influence the planet I decided that it would be better to be actually qualified to do something about it rather than just type meaningless posts on Facebook. Studying in UCD is preparing us to prepare the world for a better future.”

Tara Skakie, Graduate.

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