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Planning and Environmental Management

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This programme prepares individuals to be decision makers and leaders in planning our urban and rural environments and managers of our scarce natural resources.

This innovative programme combines both natural and social science perspectives and leads to an honours degree. Students learn about interpreting scientific, technical and design data and applying this to the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies in the specialist areas of planning and environmental management.

Students take all subjects in Year 1 and in Year 2 choose options from the Spatial Planning or Environmental Management areas and fully specialise in Year 4. Projects and fieldwork, under the supervision of practising professionals, are an integral part of the programme and in Year 3 there is a field trip to another EU state. (Students need to make financial allowance for this). The programme also includes an optional practice placement in Year 4 of the programme, which will count against final marks.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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ADESX  5M2208  Design
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
COHOR  5M2586  Horticulture
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CCONT  5M5010  Construction Technology
DOREC  5M5148  Outdoor Sport and Recreation
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies

Essential Module Requirements:

Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5 qualification which must include 4 of the following: 
A20012 or 5N1604
A20017 or 5N1862
A20189 or 5N0764
A20191 or 5N1558
A20209 or 5N0784
B20012 or 5N0783
B20028 or 5N1977
B20029 or 5N2066
B20145 or 5N1952
C20006 or 5N2746
C20008 or 5N1570
C20011 or 5N2747
C20033 or 5N2751
C20037 or 5N1637
C20049 or 5N2528
C20055 or 5N2530
C20139 or 5N1833
C20190 or 5N2527
D20130 or 5N1453
D20156 or 5N5386
D20157 or 5N4647
D20158 or 5N4646
E20113 or 5N1296
E20114 or 5N1274
E20115 or 5N0762

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Many Spatial Planning graduates specialise in urban design, retail, property development, transport or 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 or local authorities on environmental management audits, waste management, environmental impact assessments and conservation management.

The Spatial Planning programme is currently accredited by the Irish Planning Institute and recognised by the Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland. It is expected that the Programme will also be accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute in the due course.

It is also expected that the Environmental Management Programme will be accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

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