University College Dublin

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy

MA Urban Studies


Stillorgan Rd, Belfield

Dublin, Dublin Cit


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Urban Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Who is the MA in Urban Studies for? Applications are welcome from students with an undergraduate degree in Geography or a cognate discipline (including, but not limited to, Planning, Economics or Sociology). It is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of urban processes, policies and outcomes. What will I learn? The Urban Studies programme is an inter-disciplinary programme with a substantial urban geography component. You will gain critical reading, writing and thinking skills through an examination of a range of issues – both historical and contemporary – facing cities and regions. Through lectures, seminars and fieldwork, there will be an emphasis on the application of theoretical knowledge to real-world case studies. How will I benefit? You will develop a range of discipline-specific and transferable and skills to a high level as well as undertake independent research under the supervision of an academic expert. In particular, you will be encouraged to think independently, develop self-discipline as well as improving communication and team-working skills, all crucial in the current marketplace. This degree will also provide students who wish to move to professional training or doctoral study with an excellent academic foundation. What is the programme about? The programme aims to produce graduates who are able to analyze and interpret the world in which we live, depending on your chosen research focus: Urban politics and governance Urban environmental issues Urban social and cultural studies Regional development and the knowledge economy Course Duration: The course runs for 1 calendar year (from September to August) Why UCD? Top Ranking, We’re ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide Global, Ireland’s largest and most global university with over 26,000 students Flexibility, Highly flexible and diverse curriculum Advising, Comprehensive academic advising & career counselling On-campus housing, Range of on-campus housing options Facilities, Cutting-edge sports and campus facilities Details on funding opportunities are available on request.


NFQ Level: Level 9 (Major Award)

International Student Requirements:

Students whose native language is not English, or who have not completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree where the language of instruction was English are required to submit a recent (not more than 2 years old) IELTS or TOEFL test certificate. For IELTS, the requirement is at least 6.5 overall with no less than 6 in any one category. For TOEFL the requirement is 95 on the internet based test. Other English language proficiency certificates may be considered, please contact the School for more details.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 90

Classification: Unknown

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