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Geography - Research

The MLitt and PhD degrees are research degrees, awarded on the basis of a research thesis. Thesis presentation is supported by a number of taught mandatory Graduate Education modules (GREPs).

The MLitt degrees are awarded on the basis of a research thesis. To support the completion of the research thesis, all MLitt students are required to participate in a Graduate Education Programme (GREP). Students take a variety of taught and other modules to enhance their substantive knowledge and their professional development, in a programme of study that is designed to suit a student's individual needs. MLitt students are generally required to complete 25 credits of taught modules over Years 1 and 2. There may be exemptions for appropriate prior learning.

The PhD degrees are awarded on the basis of a research thesis. From 2013, the PhD research thesis may be presented in one of two formats: either as a complete manuscript or as a collection of published work framed by an introduction and conclusion. To support the completion of the research thesis, all PhD students are required to participate in a Graduate Education Programme (GREP). Students take a variety of taught and other modules to enhance their substantive knowledge and their professional development, in a programme of study that is designed to suit a student's individual needs. PhD students are generally required to complete 25 credits of taught modules in Years 1 and 2, and 10 credits in Year 3. There may be exemptions for appropriate prior learning.

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second or first class honours degree in Geography or a cognate subject. PhD applicants should also have a Masters degree in Geography or a cognate subject.

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

Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Duration

MHN02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHN03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHN04 MLitt by Research 2 years Full-time
MHN05 MLitt by Research 3 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Researcher in academic, public sector, voluntary sector, or private sector organisation.

Advocate in academic, public sector, voluntary sector, or private sector organisation.

Policy making/formulation in public sector and voluntary sector organisation.

University Lecturer/Tutor.

Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator; Dr Rowan Fealy
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 4562
Email: rowan.fealy@nuim.ie
Web: www.maynoothuniversity.ie/geography

Comment

Geography is regularly ranked as one of the most visible international research programmes at Maynooth University and in Europe. Our staff are known for excellence in teaching and research in physical and human geography, and are frequently featured in the media, including Dr Conor Murphy (on climate change), Dr Jan Rigby (on health inequalities), Dr Adrian Kavanagh (on elections), Dr Chris van Egeraat (on economic geography) and Dr Mary Gilmartin (on migration).

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date - rolling closing date

Research areas

Research for an MLit in Geography may be undertaken in any area of Geography that comes within the expertise of departmental staff. Applicants should identify and make contact with potential supervisors for their research project prior to submitting an application. Current broad research areas include Society and Space, Environment and Climate Change, and GIS and Remote Sensing.

Research for a PhD in Geography may be undertaken in any area of Geography that comes within the expertise of departmental staff. Applicants should identify and make contact with potential supervisors for their research project prior to submitting an application. Current broad research areas include Society and Space, Environment and Climate Change, and GIS and Remote Sensing.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment and start dates

Commences September (or other agreed time)

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