Risk, Resilience & Sustainability

MSc Risk, Resilience & Sustainability

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Risk, Resilience and Sustainability are three keywords of our time. A deeper understanding of risk, the ways in which it is generated, experienced and managed is fundamental to addressing many of our pressing societal issues. Concepts such as ‘critical infrastructure’ underpin government initiatives to prepare, and manage for, global challenges such climate change, natural disasters, ecological uncertainty, and extreme social inequity. The concept of sustainability is heavily enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , which have been widely taken up as a road map for future development around the world. The key objective of the course is to explore how sustainability and resilience work together in the safeguarding of ecosystem services, the economy, construction, transportation and political systems.

Geography as a discipline offers expertise in the environment (e.g. hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, cyclones, floods and other environmental hazards) and the societal dimensions of risk, resilience and sustainability and is well placed to offer an interdisciplinary framework. It develops the Schools vision of creating cutting edge research-led teaching that works towards ‘shaping the future’ in ways that are not only more environmentally sustainable, but also through addressing issues of critical importance to ‘future proofing earth’.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Research DesignGEOG40390


GIS Principles and ApplicationsGEOG40820

International Urban FieldworkGEOG40940

Research Design IIGEOG40950

Natural hazards and riskGEOL40710

Stage 1 - Option

Practical Environmental AssessmentGEOG40860

Advanced GIS ApplicationsGEOG40870

Remote SensingGEOG40890

Coastal RisksGEOG40960

INFOMAR marine seabed dataGEOG40990

INFOMAR marine survey dataGEOG41000

Globalization, Empire and Race: Economic GeographyGEOG41050

Geostatistics and Programming for GISGEOG41060

Risk, Resilience and Sustainability InternshipGEOG41070

Entry requirements

- A primary degree with at least GPA 3.08 (2.1/2H1) or international equivalent in Geography or a related discipline.

- We would encourage applicants from those with at least a GPA 3.08 (2.1/2H1) in a related area that provides appropriate background to the programme.

- In certain circumstances, we will consider students who have a GPA 2.48 (2H2) and some relevant work or other experience. Contact Prof. Jacky Croke jacky.croke@ucd.ie This includes students returning to study after a break.

- 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

Application dates

How to apply?

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Risk, Resilience & Sustainability FT (W464)


1 Years


Full Time



MSc Risk, Resilience & Sustainability PT (W465)


2 Years


Part Time



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

Please be aware that the modules for the part-time route are only available during working hours, from Monday to Friday. This course is not offered in the evenings or online. Instead, it is designed to spread your learning requirements over two years, which is ideal for those who are currently employed and can only attend campus for one day per week. If you are worried about managing your work and study commitments, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability

The MSc in Risk, Resilience and Sustainability offers direct employment prospects in environmental protection agencies (e.g EPA), International organisations such as the UN, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, government departments and state agencies addressing global challenges, NGOs, Advise industries on social and environmental strategies, voluntary sector, government, civil service, as well as further academic study. Beyond this, understanding Risk, Resilience and Sustainability and the intellectual and practical skills developed are designed to enable graduates to understand the world in order to change it.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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