Risk Resilience & Sustainability

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 Design GEOG40390
Dissertation GEOG40520
Introduction to Arc GISGEOG40820
Research Design II GEOG40950
Natural hazards and risk GEOL40710

Stage 1 - Option
Physical Geography of Cities GEOG40780
Global South Fieldwork: Vietnam GEOG40830
Practical Environmental Assessment GEOG40860
Advanced GIS GEOG40870
Population Patterns and Challenges GEOG40880
Remote Sensing GEOG40890
International Urban Fieldwork GEOG40940
Coastal Risks GEOG40960
INFOMAR marine seabed data GEOG40990
INFOMAR marine survey data GEOG41000

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.


1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time.

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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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