The MA Geography is aimed at students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of key geographical ideas and themes, embrace opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills, undertake independent research in an area of specialist interest, and enhance their geospatial skills set. This Masters programme provides students with a range of academic and transferable skills that will be a benefit in many careers including teaching; research; consultancy; Geographical Information Systems; and careers in the public sector. We value holistic approaches to learning and active, sustained engagement with issues of societal importance. We challenge our students to develop as spatially-sensitive global citizens and encourage them to be analytical, reflective and critical thinkers. The capacity to engage in collaborative learning and problem-solving is a key competence of our graduates. The UCD School of Geography provides a high quality learning and research environment for graduate students and has pioneered innovative teaching and learning methodologies in the online and face-to-face environment. As well as small-group seminars, project-based learning and teamwork, fieldwork is a core element of the MA Geography programme.

A series of fieldtrips in Dublin and surroundings emphasising key geographical skills and landscape interpretation.
Solid programme emphasizing a broad training in political, economic, urban, environmental, climate, and physical geography.
Opportunity to undertake an independent research project on a relevant topic chosen in consultation with your supervisor.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research Design GEOG40390
Dissertation GEOG40520
GIS Principles and Applications GEOG40820
Research Design II GEOG40950

Stage 2 - Options
Historic Urban Landscapes ARCH41080
Critical Geopolitics and Diplomacy GEOG40450
International Fieldwork GEOG40700
Reimagining Dublin: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Urban Regeneration GEOG40750
Advanced GIS Applications GEOG40870
Remote Sensing GEOG40890
International Urban Fieldwork GEOG40940
Coastal Risks GEOG40960
Critical Geographies: Spatialising Power and Inequalities GEOG40970
Globalization, Empire and Race: Economic Geography GEOG41050
Geostatistics and Programming for GIS GEOG41060
Exploring New Worlds GRC40330

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second class honours (2:1) degree or international equivalent at bachelors level in any academic field, with a preference for fields of study related to your chosen stream with good academic grades (your transcript should include grades for each subject taken).Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation should also be provided. At least one of these should be a member of academic staff at your current institution.
The School of Geography recommends that you make your application as early as possible, as late application may mean no further places are available.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information
These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MA Geography FT (W051)
Duration 1 year
Attend Full time
Deadline: Rolling*

MA Geography PT (W416)
Duration 2 years
Attend Part time
Deadline: Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




W051 - Full-Time: 1 Year
W416 - Part Time: 2 Years

Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face


MA Geography (W051) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Geography (W416) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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This Masters programme provides students with a range of academic and transferable skills that will be a benefit in many careers including teaching; research; consultancy; Geographical Information Systems; and careers in the public sector.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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