This part-time programme provides an opportunity for practitioners (with five years relevant experience) who work in the area of the Built Environment in Ireland or abroad, to become professional planners by attending a part-time planning course. Through a modular delivery of lectures, tutorials and seminars over a period of 2.5 years, including the successful completion of a dissertation, students can obtain a planning qualification. The course is presented within the new School of Environmental Planning and Management in the Faculty of the Built Environment in DIT. It is envisaged that the intake of students will be approx. 15-20 of different disciplines and backgrounds, all with substantial experience in the built environment. Because students will be experienced practising professionals from different disciplines, the course provides scope for a considerable degree of inter-disciplinary learning and evaluation of experience both within the student group as well as between lecturers and students. Students are expected to actively contribute to this interactive process.