MRUP Regional & Urban Planning

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

Please note the 1 year version of this programme (W178) is only available to UCD internal students progressing from UCD’s Planning, Geography and Environmental Policy degree or UCD's City Planning & Environmental Policy degree. All other eligible applicants should apply for the 2 year Masters of Regional and Urban Planning programme (W032).

This two-year professional planning degree develops the requisite conceptual knowledge and practical skills required by planners in this increasingly complex environment. You will develop an understanding of the administrative, legal and policy frameworks in which spatial planning operates and the social, political, economic and environmental challenges facing planning. In addition students develop practical skills for plan & policy making, including environmental assessment, retail assessment, public participation methods, development & project management, and GIS.

Depending on your interests, you choose to specialise in either development and design, or environmental planning. 

  • A structured combination of theoretical discussion, practical studio-based learning and independent research.
  • Intensive learning experience which is policy relevant and practice related.
  • Potential in year 2 (based on competitive selection process) for 1 semester exchange with the Master in Urban Planning Program at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
  • Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Irish Planning Institute, which are internationally recognised qualifications

Careers & Employability

Graduates of the MRUP are to be found working as professional planners in the public & private sector, as GIS consultants, as policy advisors, property development consultants, and as community & rural development coordinators. Our graduates have found employment with: national and international planning agencies, government departments, local authorities including urban and rural authorities in Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand; transportation agencies including the National Transport Authority; planning consultancy firms including Tom Philips and Associates, John Spain Associates and Future Analytics consulting; urban regeneration companies, large house builders including Glenveagh Properties; wind & solar energy companies including Eirgrid and ABO Wind, and environmental NGOs including An Taisce. The recovery in the development and construction sector sector in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe is creating increasing opportunities for planning graduates here in Ireland and further afield.

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Applications are welcome from graduates from any discipline, though undergraduate disciplines with a thematic link to Planning are preferred. The programme is also suitable for those with a professional background in a field related to Planning who might wish to develop and broaden their skillset.

Please note the 1 year version of this programme (W178) is only available to UCD internal students progressing from UCD’s Planning, Geography and Environmental Policy degree or UCD's City Planning & Environmental Policy degree. All other eligible applicants should apply for the 2 year Masters of Regional and Urban Planning programme (W032).

The Master of Regional and Urban Planning programme is a two-year professional planning programme, providing graduates with the requisite skills and knowledge to begin a career as a professional planner, with specialisation in either development and design or environmental planning. The MRUP is aimed at providing an integrated and inclusive understanding of the challenges required to create places that combine environmental quality, with a vibrant economy, good quality of life and distributive justice. The programme is underpinned by a critical and questioning approach aimed at equipping our students with intellectual confidence and the professional and ethical judgement to make decisions, which promote and ensure sustainable spatial development and manage environmental change.  The programme fosters a learning environment that draws on the research and expertise of our academic staff, combined with insights from innovative practitioners in the planning, development and environmental field. Uniquely, we can draw on our location in Dublin and Ireland to reflect on the challenges of a rapidly developing vibrant city and modern economy set in an unsurpassed natural environment.  The MRUP utilises a mix of lectures, hands on computer lab based work, group projects in a studio setting, regular student presentations, independent research and academic and professional writing, to provide graduates with the requisite skills and knowledge needed in the rapidly changing global environment facing planning.

MRUP Regional & Urban Planning (W032) Full Time
EU          Year 1 - € 7640
EU          Year 2 - € 7640 aa
nonEU    Year 1 - € 19200
nonEU    Year 2 - € 18700 aa

MRUP Regional & Urban Planning (W178) Full Time
EU          Year 1 - € 8705
EU          Year 2 - € 8705 aa
nonEU    Year 1 - € 24800
nonEU    Year 2 - € 24200 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2019 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2018/19
***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

  • Applicants should present an honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) with a minimum lower class honours or equivalent (min. GPA  of 2.8) in any academic field, with a preference for fields of study related to Planning and/or equivalent relevant professional experience. 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Luke Wymer

The variety of modules on offer initially led me to choose the MRUP as a postgraduate programme. The selection of classes available within the programme is diverse, ranging from practical studio based modules to planning theory, economics, and planning law. This diversity is enhanced further by guest lectures from planners and other experts working in state bodies, NGO’s, and private planning consultancies. An approachable group of lecturers and professors deliver the course, with lots of direct contact and feedback throughout. The MRUP leads to good employment opportunities in Ireland and abroad due to the accreditation of the course by the IPI and RTPI. Since I finished my degree in the Summer of 2017 I have been working with a busy planning consultancy here in Dublin.  Working as a planner is always interesting with lots of variety from day to day and many opportunities to keep learning. 

The following entry routes are available:

MRUP (AP) FT (W178)
1 Years
Full Time
Rolling *
MRUP FT (W032)
2 Years
Full Time
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised