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Planning & Environmental Management / Pleanáil & Bainistíocht Comhshaoil



What is... Planning & Environmental Management?

Why are some cities better to live in than others? What makes a natural environment outstanding and, in a word, sustainable? This programme prepares individuals to be decision makers and leaders in planning our urban and rural environments and managers of our scarce natural resources.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

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.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard have access to a range of Post Graduate Degrees in DIT 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 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.

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.

Spatial 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 formulate and implement policies and programmes for the sustainable management of organisations, carry out environmental audits, prepare and implement plans for waste and resource 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 DT106 Programme. The Department have a number of bilateral agreements with other Third Level Institutions which include Hamburg (Germany), Dundee (Scotland) and Tampere (Finland).

Further Information

School of Transport Engineering, Environment & Planning

T: 01 402 3745 (Mr Hendrick van der Kamp)

T: 01 402 3709 (Mr Conor Norton)

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





What our Students say!

  • On a personal note, I can honestly say that this field of study is one of the most interesting, educational and relevant to today’s world. I have learned an incredible amount in my four years about our country and the rest of the world. I have loved every moment in DIT and will leave with some great memories and some equally good friends. I highly recommend spatial planning and DIT to anybody.
  • The best thing about doing this course is that you are taught by professionals with vast experience in the sector, who work in it, and so you are being kept up to date with what is relevant.
  • The numerous field visits give you a first-hand understanding of how things work and some of the interesting places which you will visit include large factories, waste sites, professional offices and nature parks.