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What will I learn?

The Master’s Degree in Planning and Sustainable Development (MPlan) is an internationally-recognised, professionally-accredited master’s course in spatial planning and development for cities, regions, towns, rural areas, and neighborhoods.

As chartered professionals, MPlan graduates tackle real-world sustainability and environmental challenges in public, private and community settings throughout the world.

The MPlan is a comprehensive, two-year course compatible with European standards and with international professional training models for planning. Our graduates come from many different disciplines, so our course offers a rich learning environment for people to fine-tune their areas of interest into a practical, ethical and effective field of action with relevance in the contemporary world.

Modules will cover topics including:

  • place-making and design
  • community engagement
  • spatial planning at various different scales
  • environmental awareness
  • development and growth in rural and urban areas
  • legal and political know-how
  • technical competence and a deep understanding of the realities of sustainable development.

The degree, which has a strong theoretical and ethical foundation, develops a wide range of skills and abilities leading to a strong capacity for making real-world, imaginative and balanced proposals and recommendations about the future of places.

Having graduated from the MPlan course you will be able to make a genuine and enduring contribution to society. The course content and learning progression of the MPlan has been designed around the professional accreditation requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Irish Planning Institute.

Skills and Careers Information

As the programme is a professional masters and fully accredited by the Irish Planning institute (IPI) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the most usual employment for graduates is in the planning industry. Traditionally conducted within the public sector at all levels of government, planning is now carried out in a wide variety of professional environments across the public and private sectors and across the housing, transportation, environment, retail, energy, heritage sectors. The accreditation from the RTPI is internationally recognised and many of our graduates have found work across the globe. Students graduate with an range of skills which include creative problem solving, environmental evaluation, analytical and research skills, policy development, physical planning, community engagement, team work and design techniques and appreciation. This applied skill set is particularly attractive to the public sector, businesses and third sector employment situations.

Occupations associated with an MPlan degree:
Planning:

  • Working in central/regional/local government preparing spatial plans, managing development, protecting our heritage and countryside, working with communities and delivering regeneration;
  • Working in a planning/design consultancy, preparing development proposals, advising clients and assessing environmental impacts;
  • Working for yourself in your own planning consultancy.

Other environmentally based occupations:

  • Working with the third sector, promoting sustainability and regeneration, supporting essential development in the third world and campaigning to raise awareness of the importance of jobs, communities and places;
  • Working in transport, housing, recycling, property development, energy, community development and economic development.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€16,080.00 (US$ 18,714) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022

Venue

University College Cork

College Road,

Cork,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applications will normally be considered from applicants whose qualifications are equivalent to a UCC Bachelor (Hons) degree and whose grades are equivalent to a UCC Second-Class Honours Grade 1 or Second-Class Honours Grade 2 as appropriate. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Duolingo English Test: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer. IELTS: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5. TOEFL 90 Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing 17. Cambridge Proficiency Exam: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test. Cambridge Advanced Exam: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test. Pearson PTE: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51.

For international students

Applications will normally be considered from applicants whose qualifications are equivalent to a UCC Bachelor (Hons) degree and whose grades are equivalent to a UCC Second-Class Honours Grade 1 or Second-Class Honours Grade 2 as appropriate. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Duolingo English Test: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.

IELTS: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5

TOEFL 90 Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing 17

Cambridge Proficiency Exam: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Cambridge Advanced Exam: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Pearson PTE: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

Application deadline: July/31.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University College Cork

UCC is an award-winning, world-class teaching and research university with over 170 years of history.

  • Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide
  • Cork is rated as a top ‘cultural & creative city’
  • Over 3,000 international students
  • Over 90% of graduates secure employment after graduating