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).

To support the completion of the research, the students take a variety of taught and other modules to enhance their professional development, in a programme of study that is designed to suit a student's individual needs.

Entry requirements

Normally PhD applicants should also have a Masters degree in geography or a related subject. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss their research topic before submitting an application


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

Programme Coordinator; Dr Rowan Fealy
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 4562


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 Interests Research interests within the Department include climate and environmental change; fluvial and quaternary geomorphology; political geography; health geography; urban geography; art and geography.

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.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!