This part-time programme provides an opportunity for practitioners who work in the area of the built environment in Ireland or abroad, to become professional planners by attending an accredited 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 School of Transport, Environment and Planning in DIT Bolton Street. An intake of 10-15 students is usually envisaged, of different disciplines and backgrounds, all with substantial experience in the built environment. The course provides scope for a considerable degree of inter-disciplinary learning both within the student group as well as between lecturers and students.
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 to explore a specific and relevant planning issue on an in-depth basis.