City scape


The MA Geography is aimed at students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of key geographical ideas and themes, embrace opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills, undertake independent research in an area of specialist interest, and enhance their geospatial skills set. This Masters programme provides students with a range of academic and transferable skills that will be a benefit in many careers including teaching; research; consultancy; Geographical Information Systems; and careers in the public sector. We value holistic approaches to learning and active, sustained engagement with issues of societal importance. We challenge our students to develop as spatially-sensitive global citizens and encourage them to be analytical, reflective and critical thinkers. The capacity to engage in collaborative learning and problem-solving is a key competence of our graduates. The UCD School of Geography provides a high quality learning and research environment for graduate students and has pioneered innovative teaching and learning methodologies in the online and face-to-face environment. As well as small-group seminars, project-based learning and teamwork, fieldwork is a core element of the MA Geography programme.

A series of fieldtrips in Dublin and surroundings emphasising key geographical skills and landscape interpretation.

Solid programme emphasizing a broad training in political, economic, urban, environmental, climate, and physical geography.

Opportunity to undertake an independent research project on a relevant topic chosen in consultation with your supervisor.

Programme Outcomes

Display competency in a range of geospatial technologies, with a particular emphasis on the application of Geographical Information Systems

Think critically and illustrate their research skills through the development and execution of an independent research project

Articulate the importance of geographical context in addressing issues of major societal or environmental importance

Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of, and mastery of the literature in, at least one particular geographic subfield

Work collaboratively and effectively in teams both in class-based activities and in the field.

Communicate effectively, through a range of formats, about concepts and problems in geography and the environment.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from graduates from any discipline, though undergraduate disciplines with a thematic link to Geography may be advantageous. The programme would also be suitable for those with a professional background in a field related to Geography who might wish to develop and broaden their skillset.

Applicant need an undergraduate degree in any academic field, with a preference for fields of study related to your chosen stream with good academic grades (your transcript should include grades for each subject taken).Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation should also be provided. At least one of these should be a member of academic staff at your current institution.

The School of Geography recommends that you make your application as early as possible, as late application may mean no further places are available.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year full-time.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Clare Keenan
Contact Number:+353 (0)1716 8179

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core


Geo-spatial Technologies

G.I.S. (Level 4, 10 credits)

Research Design

Stage 1 - Option

Archaeology & WHM in Ireland

Critical Geopolitics of Europe

International Economic Crisis

Development in Asia

International Fieldwork

Urban Rivers

Physical Geog Independnt Study

Geographies of the Global Sth

Physical Geography of Cities

Redrawing Dublin

Latin America: social movements and postcolonial approaches

Global South Fieldwork

Risk and Resilience in Built Environments

Global Migration

Gender and Globalisation

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The following entry routes are available:

MA Geography FT (W051)

Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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