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Geography - Conversion Course

Course Outline
Geographers examine the cultures, economies, societies, physical landscape and environments of the Earth using a unique combination of the humanities, social and natural sciences.

The Higher Diploma in Arts - Geography is a conversion course intended for those who already hold a degree in Arts or Science subject other than Geography. This qualification is often considered by those seeking to develop a geographical perspective on the world in preparation for further study and employment, or by those wishing to add Geography as a second-level teaching subject.

The Higher Diploma in Arts Geography consists of modules to the value of 60 credits selected from a range of existing second and third year Geography modules covering the main thematic areas in Geography along with the methods used in geographical enquiry. The module requirements leave scope for students to tailor the programme to their own interests.

All Higher Diploma in Arts – geography students are required to attend a week-long residential field methods course (GG2045) which usually takes place at the end of Semester 2.

The Higher Diploma in Arts - Geography can be taken part-time (over 2 years - by day)

If you are applying for this course to gain a teaching subject please consult with the Teaching Council Subject Declaration Form to view specific requirements for this subject.

Why Choose This Course
The integrating nature of geography has become a major asset in a world of constant change. Its unique combination of humanities social and physical sciences allows geographers to develop a perspective on the world that is especially relevant to key global issues such as climate change, migration, food security and urbanisation.

You will gain transferable skills including:
• an understanding of the spatial dimensions of physical, environmental and human phenomena
• an appreciation of the importance of a broad, international and comparative perspective
• problem solving
• critical thinking
• independent learning
• self-directed research
• report writing and public presentations

Entry requirements

It is intended for those who already have a 3 or 4 year primary degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences, and who wish to study the subject Geography intensively over one academic year. The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

CKA13: Full-time 1 year
CKA14: Part-time 2 years

Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
You will gain technical geographical skills including:
• computer cartography and geographical information systems
• remote sensing
• quantitative and qualitative research methods
• social surveys and analysis
• landscape evaluation/planning.

Geography is a diverse discipline with career paths as varied as your individual interests, including:
• planning
• local/community development
• environmental assessment and management
• housing policy
• regional development
• TV news production/research
• geo-informatics
• journalism
• diplomatic service
• financial services and global business
• public relations
• European space agency
• market research
• teaching
• tourism
• academic teaching and research
• museum/heritage management

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr. Ray O'Connor
ray.oconnor@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 420 5164
http://www.ucc.ie/en/geography/

Subjects taught

Students take undergraduate second and third-year modules to the value of 60 credits. GG2045 consists of a week-long required residential field module and in some other modules, there may be elements of shorter non-residential field work.

All students will take four core modules as follows (25 credits):
• GG2038 Geographical Research Methods (5 credits)
• GG2045 Field Work (5 credits)
• GG3001 Geographical Ideas (5 credits)
• GG3006 Research Methods and Dissertation (10 credits)

The remaining modules can be selected from the second and third-year module offerings subject to the following requirements:

At least one Physical Geography module:
• GG2005 Quaternary Environments and Geomorphology (5 credits)
• GG2025 Biogeography (5 credits)
• GG2037 Introduction to Geoinformatics (5 credits)
• GG2046 Atmosphere, Weather and Climate (5 Credits)
• GG3007 Coastal and Marine Geomorphology (5 credits)
• GG3012 Advanced Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
• GG3041 Environmental Remote Sensing (5 credits)
• GG3051 Landscape Palaeoecology and Palynology (5 credits)

And at least one Human Geography module:
• GG2010 Cities of Diversity
• GG2014 Geography of Tourism (5 credits)
• GG2023 Economic and Rural Geography (5 credits)
• GG2041 Contemporary Human Migration and European Settlement and Society (5 credits)
• GG3009 Geography as human ecology (5 credits)
• GG3010 Global Urbanism
• GG3027 Regional and Local Planning Issues and Policies (5 credits)
• GG3037 Geography of Heritage (5 credits)
• GG3038 Geographies of the Irish Diaspora
• GG3043 Historical Geographies of the City (5 credits)
• GG3045 Food Geography (5 credits)
• GG3046 Geopolitics and Geostrategies (5 credits)
• GG3048 Environmental Economic Geography

and
Any five additional 5-credit modules offered in the department's second and third year undergraduate programme (see lists above) such that the overall composition of the modules taken, including required modules, contains at least 30 credits from the third year programme (GG3xxx modules including required modules).

Comment

Course Practicalities
You are advised to consult the timetable (http://timetable.ucc.ie/department.asp) and balance the load between first and second semesters. Please note that some 3rd year modules require a 2nd year pre-requisite module.

If you are taking the Higher Diploma in Arts – geography with a view to registering with the Teaching Council, please note that you need to take 15 credits each of physical and human geography.

The Higher Diploma in Arts (Geography) can be taken part-time over 2 years.

Students opting to take the part-time option over two years are recommended to take GG2045 and GG2038 in their first year and GG3001 and GG3006 in their second year.

Assessment method

Assessment
Geography modules are assessed using a combination of end-of-year examinations and continuous assessments. Details of the assessment used in each module can be found in the UCC Book of Modules. www.ucc.ie/modules

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

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