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PGDip Planning and Sustainable Development

PGDip Planning and Sustainable Development

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

If you are currently not in a position to commit to a full two-year master's programme, the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and Sustainable Development is an introductory graduate level course in spatial planning and development for cities, regions, towns, rural areas, and neighbourhoods. It has an international flavour and exposes students to the kind of real-world sustainability and environmental challenges that are found in public, private and community settings throughout the world.

The course will be of particular interest to you if you are from developing countries and want to gain a foundation training in Planning and Sustainable Development as well as other international students who have a particular interest in studying in Ireland and have a wider interest in the theory and practice of planning. 

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Course Delivery

This programme is taken on a full time basis over two 12-week teaching terms. Lectures will be scheduled on two to three days per week and there will also be afternoon studio sessions or tutorials each week, all supported by individual study / reading time.  There will be residential and day fieldtrips, both within and outside Ireland, and students will be asked to contribute towards the cost of these

Modules are assessed almost entirely through coursework: essays, designs, field journals, tutorials, team projects, written reflection, individual presentations and individual projects. Around 25% of the modules also have a short written examination at the end of the relevant teaching period, making up 30-40% of the marks available for the module.

Careers

Graduates will have opportunities to work in the public, private, education and community sectors and their skills and competencies are recognised by a range of employers in a wide variety of contexts both in Ireland and internationally.

The PGDip Planning and Sustainable Development program of University College Cork comes with a built in option to convert to a full masters in this subject if you wish to take further studies in the field.

Learning Outcomes

You will find this PGDip Planning and Sustainable Development course an ideal postgraduate platform to build your primary degree into an applied and relevant subject area. The course develops a wide range of skills and abilities leading to a strong capacity for making relevant, real-world, imaginative and balanced contributions about the future of places in many different sectors.

Your initial foundation in geography, arts, social science, politics, law, design, humanities, science or other fields can be built on in ways that will enable you to make a real contribution to how cities, towns, regions and places can be designed and managed into the future in the interests of society and the common good.

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Course Outline

Modules will cover topics including:
• place-making and design
• community engagement
• spatial planning at various different scales
• environmental awareness
• development in urban areas
• legal and political know-how
• International and global planning issues and processes
• technical competence and an understanding of the realities of sustainable development.

Transfer to the MPlan

You may transfer your registration to the Second Year of the Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development (MPlan2)if you pass all modules with an aggregate score of 50% (i.e. 600 out of 1200 marks) instead of being conferred with the Postgraduate Diploma. 

Course Info

Course Code : CKC19

College : Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration : One Year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 9

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee

50

Tuition Fee - International Fees

13,000

Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)

120

The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.



Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is September 11 , 2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

Places on this programme are offered in rounds, according to the following schedule

Date a completed application is received

Date an offer will be made

January 16, 2017

January 30, 2017

March 1, 2017

March 15, 2017

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Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process. 



Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement.  You must hold a degree at Second Class Honours level (or higher) in an appropriate subject in the fields of Science, Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Law, Commerce, Engineering, Architecture, or Government or similar.

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  • English Language Proficiency.  If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no individual section less than 5.5
    • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores per section are as follows:  Listening and Writing 17; Speaking 20; Reading 18.
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B
    • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59.

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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