City Planning & Environmental Policy

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN130
CAO Points Range 2019: 381
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: This course is recognised by both the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Irish Planning Institute (IPI).

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 and local authorities
  • Planning and environmental consultancies
  • Local and 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
  • Making the Irish Landscape
  • Inequality & Social Justice in Irish Society

Second Year

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

Third Year

  • Housing Policy
  • Neighbourhood & Homes
  • Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Socio-spatial Dynamics

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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“By choosing to pursue Planning & Environmental Policy here at UCD, I have been exposed to a wide range of contemporary urban issues – from social inequality and cultural discrimination to urban housing crises and global economic disparities which are all paradoxical to the growth of cities and can be remediated through better planning. The degree equipped me with key analytical, mapping and design skills through lectures, studio projects and various field trips. Studying in UCD and pursuing my degree at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy has been an invaluable experience for me and has prepared me to step up to future challenges as an urban planner. ”

Chatnam Lee Graduate

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