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Geography - Research

Course overview

The discipline of Geography offers supervision in a wide range of research fields spanning both physical and human geography. Admission to a research degree is at the discretion of the research committee of the department, and is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the member of staff whose academic area of interest is most appropriate.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have obtained an honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in Geography.


PhD GYB20 Full Time
PhD GYB21 Part Time
MLitt GYB22 Full Time
MLitt GYB23 Part Time

Further enquiries

Dr. Aaron Potito
Tel: 353 (0)91 49 3936

Research areas

Areas of interest

We offer fully supervised and well-resourced MLitt degree programmes located within a vibrant community of academic staff and research students. The calibre of our staff and facilities ensures the highest international levels of support for critical, theoretically innovative research. We provide purpose-designed student workspaces, state-of-the-art laboratories, field equipment and computing facilities. We have strong, multi-disciplinary linkages within the University, and with external national and international organisations.

Our expert research clusters include:

Environmental Change
• Climate change
• Coastal management
• Aeolian sediment transport
• Palaeoclimatology and palaeolimnology
• Dendroecology
• Natural hazards
• GIS and remote sensing

Geopolitics and Governmentality
• Interventionism and development
• Geopolitics, political economy and securitization
• Risk and governmentality
• Environmental justice, postcolonialism and resistance

Planning and Sustainability
• Environmental planning and governance
• Sustainable development and political ecology
• Urban and regional planning
• Cities, technology and creative industries

Rural Studies
• Rural, regional and local development
• Globalisation and rural areas
• Agricultural restructuring
• Population, migration and settlement
• Heritage and tourism

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