University of Technology, Jamaica - Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning
The Post Diploma in Integrated Planning and Economic Development (IPED) which was established in 1991, was replaced by the four year B.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning in 2002. The Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (URP) is intended to produce graduates with the requisite competencies to practise sound planning within the wider Caribbean and elsewhere. The B.Sc. URP is predicated on the need to instill within graduates an integrated approach to urban, regional, and environmental development to address multi-faceted development problems. Students are trained to apply various components of the course of study including the physical, social, and applied sciences in the identification of appropriate solutions. Another important outcome of the training is the ability of graduates to assimilate and apply knowledge and skills acquired.
Emphasis is placed on planning as a process in broad terms including policymaking, research, and decision-making. In year 3, students are required to be engaged in a period of internship in the industry; the aim of which is to provide them with the necessary exposure to industry practices and requirements. This course of study provides a platform for graduates who intend to pursue further studies in planning and related disciplines, as well as a starting point for a range of careers. The course is four (4) years in duration, organised on a full-time basis over an academic year consisting of approximately thirty weeks (2 semesters).