Become an accredited planner in one year from any undergraduate degree
The course's primary focus is on attaining a professional qualification.
It is designed to take your broad knowledge of planning and provide the detail that will give you the professional skills and experience you'll need to forge a career in this area.
Your dissertation will be a work based project, working for a client organisation on a brief that they commission.
You will learn the use of techniques (GIS, design software, statistical analysis) but more importantly, how to apply them to solve problems, create new solutions for the built environment and understand the complexity of environmental management.
You'll be working in an applied problem-solving environment, confronting genuine challenges in the field and making a real contribution to sustainable environments.
We place an emphasis on projects on live planning problems such as a Development Plan exercise for a client (local authority), on studio work and applied learning outside the class including problem-solving with controversial proposals, such as fracking and windfarm applications.
You'll work with your fellow students in teams to find practical approaches to the management and development of the built environment.
Planning and Development highlights
Please note: Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.
- This MSc is professionally accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and has a strong emphasis on the practical skills and knowledge required for theoretically-informed practice.
- The degree incorporates a week-long study visit to a venue outside Northern Ireland during the Semester 2, and work shadow experience in Northern Ireland on the planning appeals process after the end of Semester 2 examinations.Additionally a two-day planning practice study visit will be made to a venue in Great Britain or Ireland in early July. Students are expected to contribute to the costs of these study visits.
The programme provides opportunities to strengthen competencies in key skills such as numeracy, literacy, ICT, problem solving, team work and aspects of urban design; it develops awareness of the ethical responsibilities of those involved in Planning and Development and enhances the ability to undertake a substantial piece of specialist independent research.
Dr Stephen McKay