Planning & Environmental Management / Pleanáil & Bainistíocht Comhshaoil

2020 CAO Points 313

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Spatial Planning is all about shaping the future of our towns, cities and regions. Environmental management is about ensuring a sustainable environment for future generations. This programme will prepare and equip you with the skills to be a decision-maker and leader in planning our urban and rural environments, and in developing environmental management solutions to problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

The programme is highly practical and applied. Projects and fieldwork, under the supervision of practising professionals, are an integral part of the programme. Third year includes a field trip to another EU country.

Students take all subjects in Year 1 and there are common modules throughout the programme. In Year 2, you opt to stream into either spatial planning or environmental management. Year 4 includes a final thesis and major project.

Planning graduates will be able to prepare complex development plans, carry out sensitive environmental assessments and work with communities and developers to resolve difficult planning issues.

Environmental management graduates will be equipped to carry out environmental audits, prepare and implement plans for waste and resources management, and prepare and evaluate environmental impact and risk assessment.

The programme is industry-focussed and includes a Work Placement component during third and fourth year, with many graduates going on to find employment with their WP partner. Through professional accreditation, graduates are career-ready for work in Ireland or abroad.

Study Abroad Opportunities
Through the Erasmus programme, you can spend one or two semesters abroad in either the second or third year of the programme. Recently, students have gone to Hamburg and Dortmund (Germany), Lyon (France), Melbourne (Australia) and Tampere (Finland). We also have a partnership with the University of Beijing, China, where some of our students have studied.

Work Placement

Students undertake a Work Placement module during third and fourth years.  This includes training in Professional Practice and also involves SafePass training.

Professional Accreditation
The programme is professionally accredited by the Irish Planning Institute and the Royal Town Planning Institute, the main employer groups.  This is the only accredited undergraduate planning and environmental management programme on the island of Ireland.

Recently graduates have found employment with the following public sector organisations: –
Environmental Protection Agency –
Fingal County Council –
Gaisce – the President’s Award –
Meath County Council –
National Parks and Wildlife Service –
Rediscovery Centre Ballymun –
South Dublin County Council –

Many graduates find positions within commercial and private sector organisations, including: –
Aecom –
Arup –
AWN Consulting –
Brady Shipman Martin –
Enrich Limited –
Future Analytics Consulting –
Jacobs –
RPS Environment –
Transport Insights Limited –

Graduate Job Titles:

Spatial Planner
Planning Consultant
Community Development Officer
Retail and / or Property Planner
Transport Planning Consultant
Urban Design Analyst
Conservation Officer
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Licensing Officer
Rural Development Officer
Sustainability Consultant

  • Introduction to Spatial Planning
    Introduction to Environmental Management
    Understanding the Built Environment
    Understanding Society and Environment
    Earth Sciences
    Environmental Science
    Data Management Skills
    Geo-spatial Awareness Skills
    Layouts and Design Skills Project
    Settlement Analysis Project
  • Applied Geographical Information Systems
    Climate Systems
    Earth Sciences II (Habitats)
    Environmental Fieldwork and Analysis
    Introduction to Economics
    Social Research Methods
    Regional and Rural Planning
    Development Management Project
    Conservation Management Plan Project
    River Basin Project
  • Buildings and Infastructure
    Environmental Assessment
    Planning Law and Institutions
    Society and Governance
    Sustainable Transport & Mobility
    Sustainable Resource Management
    Climate Change Project
    Waste Management Project
    Local Area Plan Project
    Regional Plan Project
    European Field Trip
  • Advanced Development Management
    Advanced Environmental Management
    Coastal Zone Management
    Collaborative and Participatory Planning
    Environmental Auditing
    National and Regional Planning
    Rural Management Plans
    Environmental Assessment Project
    Environmental Licensing Project
    Individual Spatial Plan Project
    Urban Design Masterplanning Project
    Professional Practice (including Work Placement)
This field of study is one of the most interesting, educational and relevant to today’s world. I have learned an incredible amount in my four years about our country and the rest of the world. I have loved every moment in college and will leave with some great memories and some equally good friends. I highly recommend spatial planning and the college to anybody.
The best thing about doing this course is that you are taught by professionals with vast experience in the sector, who work in it, and so you are being kept up to date with what is relevant.
The numerous field visits give you a first-hand understanding of how things work and some of the interesting places which you will visit include large factories, waste sites, professional offices and nature parks.
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Level 8


Bachelors of Science (Hons)


4 years

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City Centre: Bolton Street


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