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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.


Course Code: MLitt (full-time), 1LT1 MLitt (part-time), 1LT2

MLitt (Geography), full-time

MLitt (Geography), part-time

Further enquiries

Dr. Aaron Potito

T 353 (0)91 49 3936


Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Research areas

Current research projects

DERREG—Developing Europe's Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization:

CONSENSUS—CONSumption, ENvironment and SUStainability in Ireland

ANCORIM—Atlantic Network for Coastal Risk Management

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


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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