City Planning & Environmental Policy

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN130
CAO Points Range 2018: 362
Length of Course: 3 Years (+ 1 year Master's programme)
Average Intake: 25

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, and three other recognised 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 sets 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 degree provides the first steps to pursuing a career as a professional planner, urban designer or environmental policy expert.

Key Fact: Career prospects for qualified planners are very positive. Recent careers days organised in the School have witnessed employers networking with our students in seeking future graduates for employment.

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 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
  • Urban Design

Second Year

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

Third Year

  • Urban & Rural Design
  • Transport Planning
  • Housing & Neighourhood Planning
  • Rural Landscape Planning
  • Environmental Management

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

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International Study Opportunities

International Study Opportunities Erasmus exchange opportunities present an exciting range of choices for you to study abroad for a semester or a full year, these include:

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


“I chose to study planning because I always had an interest in maps, geography and how places had developed. The course is very practical and involves a lot of studio work, fieldtrips, and guest lectures from practicing planners, most of whom have come through the course themselves. With the current housing shortage and improvements in the economy, there’s a huge demand for planners right now, and plenty of opportunities for employment and internships. Last summer, I worked as a transport planner in the National Transport Authority, where I was involved in planning bus services across many towns in Ireland.”

Roy Harford Student

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