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Geography - Research

The structured PhD includes several measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives. One of these measures is the requirement of each PhD student to have a Doctoral Studies Panel. The purpose of the Doctoral Studies Panel is to support and enhance the supervisor-student relationship, to monitor your progress during the course of your doctoral studies and to provide advice and support both to you and your supervisor(s). The panel consists not only of your supervisor(s) but also additional advisor(s). A further measure of support is the requirement in the structured programme to complete at least 30 credits of graduate taught modules at the early stages of your study. Thus, each student gains important experience not only in research but also in broader academic field of study.


W137/W138 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Geography as a discipline equips students with the necessary skills and understanding to pursue a diversity of careers or further professional training in related disciplines. Students will be prepared for careers that demand holistic approaches and an ability to understand complexity. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue Masters and doctoral research training, further professional training in teaching, business or law as well as careers in:

•International and local development work;
•Geographic Information Systems
•Research in the public, private or NGO sectors

Further enquiries

General enquiries
UCD School of Geography, Newman Building,
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Tel: +353 17168179

Specific enquiries:
•Graduate Studies: Dr Dieter Kogler (

•Head of Teaching and Learning: Dr Colman Gallagher (


To pursue a doctoral programme students will be required to complete a series of taught modules, in addition to preparing a thesis which makes a substantial original contribution to their field

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School.

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