This part-time programme provides an opportunity for practitioners (with five years relevant experience) who work in the area of the Built Environment in Ireland or abroad, to become professional planners by attending a part-time planning course. Through a modular delivery of lectures, tutorials and seminars over a period of 2.5 years, including the successful completion of a dissertation, students can obtain a recognised planning qualification.
The course is presented within the new School of Spatial Planning in the College of Engineering and the Built Environment in DIT Bolton Street. It is envisaged that the intake of students will be approx. 10-15 individuals of different disciplines and backgrounds, all with substantial experience in the built environment. Because students will be experienced practising professionals from different disciplines, the course provides scope for a considerable degree of inter-disciplinary learning and evaluation of experience both within the student group as well as between lecturers and students. Students are expected to actively contribute to this interactive process.
The group environment fosters a creative atmosphere of interactive problem-based learning. Students are set real-life challenges often involving actual problems facing planning agencies, who also get involved in tuition and assessment. The teaching faculty is made up of highly committed DIT personnel in addition to practising professionals who are considered some of Irelands leading experts in their respective disciplines.
Students undertake a range of modules covering all areas of the social and environmental sciences. They gain practical knowledge of core planning practices; including planning law, development management, infrastructure planning, area planning, environmental assessment and urban design. The completion of a dissertation allows students a specific and relevant planning issue on an in-depth basis.
A full list of programme modules and descriptors is available on the DIT CourseWise website: -
History and Theory of Planning
Planning Law and Institutions I
Rural Environment and Planning
Local Area Plan
National and Regional Planning
Planning Law and Institutions II
Transport and Urban Development
Culture, Heritage and Urbanism
Planning Practice logbooks
Assessment Project Work
Assessment is by part examination however a large portion of the programme is assessed by practical project-work, undertaken both individually and in teams. Projects undertaken include: -
Local Area Plan
Urban Design Planning Scheme
Strategic Environmental Assessment
General module assessment projects
Research Dissertation (undertaken in third year)