In terms of academic achievement and student performance, high standards for the M.Plan are ensured through the University’s Academic Board and its Examinations Boards. In common with other courses that prepare graduates to join a professional discipline, it is also important for the M.Plan to be recognised formally by those corporate or chartered bodies that represent the profession both nationally and internationally.
In this case, UCC has achieved full accreditation from Irish Planning Institute (IPI) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for the M.Plan. Both of these bodies are member associations of the European Council of Town Planners (ECTP). UCC and UCD are now the only planning schools in Ireland to offer courses accredited by both of these important bodies.
Strong links with international associations and partner universities / colleges are also important. These help to enrich the student experience, develop opportunities for academic exchange and promote joint research and learning. For this reason, UCC is a full member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).