Landscape, Built Heritage and Design MA

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Course Code: CKD06 Full-time

Course Title: Landscape, Built Heritage and Design

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Landscape, Built Heritage and Design

Duration: 1 year Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €6,000 full-time; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €13,000. Students will be asked to contribute towards the cost of fieldtrips.

Entry Requirements: Applicants should have 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. (See detailed entry requirements)

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/2018

Next Intake: 10 September 2018


Drawing on the European Landscape Convention and other instruments, this MA explores the complex interrelationships that exist between built heritage, planning, design and landscape in different places. Anticipating, managing and making decisions about the character of our cities, neighbourhoods and rural areas are difficult challenges everywhere in the world. Also, these decisions are often made within the kind of technical, political and bureaucratic processes that many communities, developers and even specialists find difficult to engage with. Graduates of this MA programme will become effective and persuasive participants within these processes: their real-world and cross disciplinary skills and competencies will help to ensure that the decisions made about built environments, heritage and landscape assets everywhere will be more robust and sustainable.

Course Details

This programme covers the three main subject areas (Landscape, Built Heritage and Design) through a set of inter-connected teaching modules framed by a solid framework of spatial planning subjects that give it a practical, decision-making focus.

The landscape component (which, for this MA, embraces both urban and rural settings) draws on technical, cultural, aesthetic and procedural perspectives as a basis for teaching and learning. The core modules address landscape context, character, open space and change at both the strategic scale (city, city- region, rural district) and at the local level (neighbourhood, site, open space). Built heritage and design are addressed through problem-solving based modules that cover urban design and conservation as well as a range of skills that cover effective communication, presentation and engagement.

These are complemented by a set of planning modules that address city planning contexts, rural planning contexts, the legal planning processes that govern decision-making about landscape and a range of optional modules from cultural geography, ecology and architecture.

Students who complete this course will know how various stakeholders can address issues of landscape change in effective ways and be comfortable with the basic principles of conservation, protection and preservation of built heritage. As a key principle they will also have a rounded sense of how new development can respect the character, traditions and quality of existing places while - in appropriate circumstances - facilitating change, improvement and development.

In the final semester, drawing on the learning progression of the other modules, a major research project / dissertation focusing on a real-life practical case study is carried out. Students who wish to leave the programme without completing the dissertation may, if they have passed all of the taught modules, opt to be conferred with a UCC Higher Diploma in Landscape, Built Heritage and Design.

Please click HERE for more detail of the programme content

Detailed Entry Requirements

Applicants should have 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.

Selection will be based on academic achievement, written expression of interest, an interview and any relevant work experience.

Applicants who hold a degree at a level lower than Second Class honours may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications and their experience in a relevant field and admission will be subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences

For applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of proficiency in English will be required.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKD06AdditionalQuestions (9kB)

Course Practicalities

This programme is taken on a full-time basis over 12 months across 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 mandatory residential and day fieldtrips, both within and outside Ireland in the year, and students will be asked to contribute towards the cost of these.

Students who pass Part 1 (including those who pass with an aggregate score of less than 50%) may exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape, Built Heritage and Design.Students who progress to Part 2 but neither pass nor complete Part 2 may also be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape, Built Heritage and Design. 


All but two of the core modules are assessed through continuous assessment (essays, practical assignments, field reports, group assignments, presentations, design assignments and tutorials) in order to develop practical competencies in the relevant subject areas. Written examinations are held for the remaining core modules and may also be held for some of the elective (optional) modules that are delivered by different departments.

Who Teaches This Course

The core of this course is taught by the full-time and part-time staff of the UCC Centre for Planning Education & Research and by lecturers from the UCC Department of Law, assisted by visiting specialist lecturers for different subjects as required. Elective (optional) modules are delivered by staff of the UCC Department of Geography, Centre for Architectural Education and Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science.

Further Contact Information

Ms. Tina McSweeney
Programme Administrator
T: +353 (0)21 490 4356

Programme Coordinator:  Mr. Brendan O'Sullivan

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