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Planning & Environmental Management / Pleanáil & Bainistíocht Chomhshaoil


RTPIIrish Planning Institute

This is a four year full time Level 8 Honours Degree programme which prepares students wishing to make their career in Planning or Environmental Management in Ireland or abroad.

The BSc in Spatial Planning and Environmental Management (DT106) at TU Dublin Environment & Planning offers a real career path for students who are socially and environmentally aware, possibly good with geography, science or economics, but who may not necessarily be interested in a purely technical or scientific field of study.  The BSc is a combined, career-focussed, practical and specialised programme, with streaming options available in second year.  We have some of Ireland's leading experts teaching on the programme.  There is a common first year on completion of which students select either planning or environmental management options and graduate with either a: -

  • BSc Spatial Planning


  • BSc Environmental Management

What is Planning?

Planners work together with communities, businesses and government to plan the future of our towns, cities and regions.  The BSc programme prepares individuals to be decision makers and leaders in planning our urban and rural environments.

What is Environmental Management?

Environmental managers work to protect and ensure a sustainable environment for future generations.  The programme prepares individuals to be decision makers and leaders in developing management solutions to environmental problems in our built and rural environments.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Many Planning graduates specialise in urban design, retail, property development, transport and other specialist areas.

Graduates of the programme may find employment in government agencies, local authorities, with industry or in private practice.

Environmental Management graduates may find employment in industry, environmental management consultancies, state agencies, local authorities, on environmental management audits, waste management, environmental impact assessment and conservation management.

What other options do I have after completion?

While the BSc is an applied, practical programme which produces career-ready graduates, students who have reached the appropriate honours standard also have access to a range of postgraduate degrees in TU Dublin and elsewhere in Higher Education at Universities in Ireland, Europe and further afield.  

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

Students take all subjects in year one and in second year select to study either planning or environmental management areas and fully specialise in fourth year. Projects and fieldwork, under the supervision of practising professionals, are an integral part of the programme. In third year there is a field trip to another EU country. There is an opportunity for a work placement to be completed between third and fourth years.

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.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Geo – Spatial Awareness
  • Introduction to Environmental Management
  • Introduction to Spatial Planning
  • Built Environment
  • Data Management
  • Project – Settlement Analysis
  • Project – Layouts
  • Earth Sciences – Chemistry
  • Environmental Science – Biology
  • Society and Environment

Year Two (Core Modules)

  • Social Research Methods
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Public Administration and Law
  • Earth Sciences – Habitats

Year Three (Core Modules)

  • Buildings and Infastructure
  • Environmental Assessment
  • European Context
  • Society and Governance

Year Four (Core Modules)

  • Professional Practice
  • Dissertation

Spatial Planning Modules

  • Collaborative Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Development Management
  • Project - Individual Spatial Plan
  • Regional/National Planning

Environmental Management Modules

  • Environmental Auditing
  • Environmental Licensing
  • Project - Licensing
  • Rural Management Plans
  • Project - Environmental Assessment

Are there study abroad options?

During the programme there are opportunities to study abroad through the ERASMUS Programme.

It is possible to spend one or two semesters abroad in either the second or third year of the programme at Hamburg or Dortmund (Germany) or Tampere (Finland).

Further Information

T: (01) 402 3803 David O'Connor (Programme Chairperson)

T: (01) 402 3605 Ms Orla Hosford (School Office)

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What our Students say

‘From working on field projects on water quality, to lab work, to learning about legislation and human interactions – this course was wide ranging and gave me a deep understanding and a new perspective on the environment. I work in health and safety now which is closely allied to environmental management and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t studied this course.’

‘My time spent studying Planning in DIT was stimulating, challenging and fun. The course struck the right balance between theory and practice, offering a rounded education. DT106 gave me the knowledge, skills and experience needed to compete with top graduates and to secure my preferred job. I highly recommend DIT’s BSc in Planning to anyone aspiring to launch their career in the fields of planning, environment and urban studies.’