It is available on both a full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) basis.

The MA in Geography offers a wide-ranging programme of taught modules. Compulsory modules develop competencies in human geographic thought and field methods; optional methodological modules develop skills in analysis, research and public engagement; and optional specialist modules provide the opportunity for research-led teaching and learning on a range of topics, from urban geography, digital geographies, sexuality and space, place and politics, landscape and health, electoral politics, migration, bodies and environments, spatial justice, among others (optional modules in Geography rotate every two years). Students can also take up to two elective modules in Anthropology, Media Studies and Sociology. The MA in Geography also includes an independent research thesis, to be submitted in August-September. Overall, the programme is designed to nurture independent and critical thinking from a human geography perspective.

Subjects taught

The MA in Geography offers a wide-ranging programme of taught modules, delivered through lectures, seminars, fieldwork, practicals and placement, with an emphasis on research-led and research-informed teaching and learning.

Degree structure (90 credits):

Compulsory modules (50 credits)
GY607 Field School (10 credits)
GY608 Thinking Geographically (10 credits)
GY609 Thesis (30 credits)

Indicative Optional Modules in Geography (can select from 20 to 40 credits):

GY619 Public Engagement (10 credits)
GY621 Dublin Urban Laboratory (10 credits)
GY626 Critical Ecologies (10 credits)
GY629 Spatial Justice: Geographies of Social & Environmental Change (10 credits)
GY699GA Global Environmental Change (Semester 1) (5 credits, course director and instructor approval required)
GY699GS Introduction to Geographical Information Systems and Science (Semester 1 or 2) (5 credits, course director and instructor approval required)
GY699HA Advanced Studies in Human Geography (Semester 1 or 2) (5 credits, course director and instructor approval required)
GY699RS Environmental Remote Sensing (5 credits, course director and instructor approval required)

Modules from other departments (can select from 10 to 20 credits)

AN622G Winter School of Ethnography (5 credits, instructor approval required)
AN647 Foundations of Medical Anthropology (5 credits)
AN692 Anthropology and Development (10 credits)
AN693 Anthropology of Digital Media (10 credits)
AN694 Immigration and Diversity in Higher Education (5 credits)
LW634 Gender, Sexuality, Law (10 credits)
MD624 Irish Media History (10 credits)
MD632 Media Publics (10 credits)
SO617 Quantitative Analysis (10 credits)
SO620A Qualitative Analysis (10 credits)

Entry requirements

We accept a degree in Geography or cognate discipline with a Second Class Honours, Grade One (2.1) or above. In special circumstances we may accept a Second Class Honours, Grade Two (2.2) upper. We also ask for a personal statement, to include a brief description of any aspects of your work or other experience which you feel are relevant to the programme and how you hope the programme will benefit your practice in these areas.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

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Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

Closing Date : 30 June 2023


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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Our graduates acquire valuable research, analytical and critical, spatial thinking, ethical and professional skills. The skills learned allow our graduates to find employment in various fields, such as: administration; education; services; creative industries; and working with NGOs and local government authorities. A number of our graduates go on to pursue a PhD.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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