Planning & Environmental Management / Pleanáil & Bainistíocht Comhshaoil

Programme Title: Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Planning & Environmental Management

2021 CAO Points 330

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Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish



Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.  Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

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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.

Graduates find work with local authorities, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, industry and private practice.

Many Spatial Planning graduates find successful careers in town planning, retail planning, transport planning, urban design and other specialist areas. Work can include plan making, collaboration and engagement, developing retail and transport strategies and place-making.

Environmental Management graduates are well-placed to make important contributions in a wide range of environment-related areas, such as protecting water, air and soil quality; addressing biodiversity loss and managing natural habitats; tackling issues of waste; and carrying out environmental assessments.

Recently graduates have found employment with the following public sector organisations: –

Many graduates find positions within commercial and private sector organisations, including: –

Typical graduate job titles include:

  • Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Licensing Officer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Planning Consultant
  • Retail and / or Property Planner
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Spatial Planner
  • Sustainability Co-ordinator
  • Town Planner
  • Transport Planner
  • Urban Designer
  • Introduction to Spatial Planning
  • Introduction to Environmental Management
  • Planning for Resilience and a Sustainable Future
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Geo-spatial Awareness
  • Society and Environment
  • Research, Evidence & Data for Sustainable Development
  • Layouts and Design Skills Project
  • Settlement Analysis Project

Common Modules

  • Applied Geographical Information Systems
  • Habitats and Biodiversity
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Social research methods

Spatial Planning Stream

  • Built Environment & Heritage Appraisal
  • Introduction to Development Management
  • Regional & Marine Planning
  • Rural Planning
  • Urbanism
  • Development Management Project
  • Residential Layout Project
  • Urban Audit Project

Environmental Management Stream

  • Environmental Analysis
  • Environmental Science
  • Field Ecology
  • Soil Science
  • Climate Systems Project
  • Conservation Management Plan Project
  • River Basin Management Project

Common Modules

  • European Field Trip
  • Buildings and Infrastructure
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Society and Governance

Spatial Planning Stream

  • Planning Law and Institutions
  • Planning Techniques
  • Planning Theory 
  • Transport and Mobility
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Economics
  • Local Area Plan Project
  • Regional Plan Project

Environmental Management Stream

  • Earth Sciences III – River Basin
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Law and Institutions
  • Environmental Management Techniques
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Climate Change Project
  • Waste Management Project


Common Modules

  • Professional Practice and Work Placement
  • Final Year Dissertation

Spatial Planning Stream

  • Collaborative Planning
  • Development Management II
  • Seminars in Strategic Planning
  • Individual Spatial Plan Project
  • Master Planning Project

Environmental Management Stream

  • Coastal Zone & Marine Management
  • Environmental Auditing
  • Environmental Licensing
  • Rural Management Plans
  • Environmental Licensing Project
  • Environmental Assessment Project
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.
TU Code



Level 8


Bachelors of Science (Hons)


4 years

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City Centre: Bolton Street


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