MSc Urban Environment

Academic Year 2021/2022

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc Urban Environment focuses on how we might progress towards global sustainability by focusing on the development of more resource efficient, smart and liveable cities. The programme integrates the perspectives of human and physical geography to explore urban environments as complex physical and social systems. The vibrant, dynamic city of Dublin is an ideal urban laboratory within which we can develop and engage in collaborative projects. We value holistic approaches to learning and active, sustained engagement with issues of societal importance. We challenge our students to develop as spatially-sensitive global citizens and encourage them to be reflective and critical thinkers. In this programme, we particularly value the application of academic learning to the urban environment of Dublin in particular through collaborative engagement with external stakeholders. The School of Geography provides a high quality learning and research environment for graduate students and has pioneered innovative teaching and learning methodologies in the online and face-to-face environment. As well as small-group seminars, project-based learning and teamwork, fieldwork is a core element of the MSc Urban Environment programme.
  • Focussed on integrating technical skills (e.g. GIS) with fieldwork and lectures to provide a comprehensive understanding of dynamic urban environments.
  • International perspective on global cities but uses Dublin (a multi-cultural city that is undergoing transformation) as a testbed for exploring urban environments.
  • Draws upon expertise at UCD across a range of disciplines. Provides freedom to specialise in areas of interest.

Careers & Employability

The MSc Urban Environment is designed to provide students with the key knowledge – urban studies, urban policy, community development -  and practical transferable skillsets – stakeholder engagement, community co-creation, Geographic Information Systems, research /project design, urban auditing - that will be a benefit in many careers including planning, consultancy, community engagement, project management, policy development, environmental management, public management and administration. 

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

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

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Applications are welcome from students with an undergraduate degree in Geography or a cognate discipline (including, but not limited to, Planning, Economics, Sociology, Engineering, Biology, etc.). It is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners and professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of urban processes, policies and outcomes. Relevant professional or voluntary experience may be considered as part of the application process.

The MSc Urban Environment integrates the perspectives of human and physical geography to explore the resilience and sustainability of urban environments. This is a key element of contemporary urban studies and an important part of urban policy. Although occupying less than 1% of the Earth’s surface cities transform the natural environment radically and are the main geographical drivers of environmental change at local, regional and global scales. At the same time, cities are social constructions that can be changed and managed through human intervention to enhance well-being and liveability. This thematic approach to urban studies is complemented by developing fieldwork and geospatial skills to enable students to understand the urban environment in practice. The key objective of the course is to address the challenge of achieving global sustainability by making resource-efficient, smart and liveable cities.

 

We value holistic approaches to learning and active, sustained engagement with issues of societal importance. We challenge our students to develop as spatially-sensitive global citizens and encourage them to be reflective and critical thinkers. In this programme, we particularly value the application of academic learning to the urban environment of Dublin in particular through collaborative engagement with external stakeholders. The School of Geography provides a high quality learning and research environment for graduate students and has pioneered innovative teaching and learning methodologies in the online and face-to-face environment. As well as small-group seminars, project-based learning and teamwork, fieldwork is a core element of the MSc Urban Environment programme

 

The MSc Urban Environment focuses on how we might progress towards global sustainability by focusing on the development of more resource efficient, smart and liveable cities. The programme integrates the perspectives of human and physical geography to explore urban environments as complex physical and social systems. The vibrant, dynamic city of Dublin is an ideal urban laboratory within which we can develop and engage in collaborative projects. We value holistic approaches to learning and active, sustained engagement with issues of societal importance. We challenge our students to develop as spatially-sensitive global citizens and encourage them to be reflective and critical thinkers. In this programme, we particularly value the application of academic learning to the urban environment of Dublin in particular through collaborative engagement with external stakeholders. The School of Geography provides a high quality learning and research environment for graduate students and has pioneered innovative teaching and learning methodologies in the online and face-to-face environment. As well as small-group seminars, project-based learning and teamwork, fieldwork is a core element of the MSc Urban Environment programme.

    • Apply their academic knowledge to issues of particular topical concern to policymakers within a particular urban environment/setting.
    • Articulate enhanced understanding of the complex and integrated nature of environmental and social processes in cities.
    • Conceptualize, define, and engage with urban environments as particular types of spaces within which complex processes occur.
    • Demonstrate competency in a range of geospatial technologies, with a particular emphasis on the application of Geographical Information Systems.
    • Display critical thinking and research skills through the development and execution of an independent research project.
    • Exhibit high-level time management and team working skills and have developed an academic network, through collaborative working.

    View All Modules Here

    The programme comprises of a total of 90 credits with 60 credits of taught modules and a 30 credit thesis. The core modules focus on research design skills, methodology, and field research. The thesis involves the production of a piece of original research (of around 15,000-20,000 words) supervised by members of the School academic staff. Please note the curriculum is subject to a year by year review and the modules below may or may not be available in any given year.

    MSc Urban Environment (W341) Full Time
    EU          fee per year - € 7315
    nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

    MSc Urban Environment (W419) Part Time
    EU          fee per year - € 4760
    nonEU    fee per year - € 9950

    ***Fees are subject to change

    Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. 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 International Scholarships.

     

    • This programme is intended for applicants with an honours bachelors degree (NFQ Level 8) or international equivalent in any discipline including geography, political science, history, anthropology, economics and sociology, or professionals working in related fields.

      Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second class honours (2:1) degree or international equivalent at bachelors level. Applicants with a 2.2. may be considered after interview in exceptional circumstances.

    • Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation. At least one of these should be a member of academic staff at your current institution.
    • If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.
    • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/ 
    • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

     

    “The UCD Urban Environment Programme is an excellent step for anyone interested in taking a deep, analytical look at the nuances of urban systems and human settlements. Through the guidance of the Urban Environment Program’s faculty, I quickly expanded my view of cities as simply places to live, work and play into one that can critically examine an urban ecological system’s rich network of social, environmental and economic factors; factors that shape the lives of millions. In our uncertain future where climate challenges are reshaping the way we live and think, this program is definitely suited towards the next generation of urban scientists, planners and community developers.”

    David Lee, MSc Urban Environment class, 2018

    Habitat for Humanity, Habitat Connects Coordinator

     

    The following entry routes are available:

    MSc Urban Environment FT (W341)
    Duration
    1 Years
    Attendance
    Full Time
    Deadline
    Rolling *
    MSc Urban Environment PT (W419)
    Duration
    2 Years
    Attendance
    Part Time
    Deadline
    Rolling *

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