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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.

Entry requirements

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.

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

Where can I go?
The choice is vast. In recent years Geography Masters graduates from UCD have gone on to employment as:

- teachers at primary and secondary level;
- researchers with government agencies and departments;
- consultants with private firms including Deloitte & Touche and ACC Bank;
- aid workers in developing countries;
- marketing executives;
- GIS specialists;
- planners and local government officials;
- researchers and lecturers in UCD, University of Bristol, Louisiana State University, and many other institutions.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core:

Research Design


Geo-spatial Technologies

International Fieldwork

G.I.S. (Level 4)

Stage 1 - Option:

Archaeology & WHM in Ireland

Critical Geopolitics of Europe

International Economic Crisis

Development in Asia

Urban Rivers

Postcolonial Geographies of Latin America

Physical Geography Independent Study

Regional Development & Policy

Geographies of the Global Sth

Physical Geography of Cities

Redrawing Dublin

Urban Environment: Risk, Resil, Sustainability

Global Migration

Gender and Globalisation


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

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

Application date

MA Geography FT (W051)
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: 2017/2018 September.

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