Career opportunities

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;
  • Consultancy
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Research in the public, private or NGO sectors

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Find out more about career opportunities related to our Masters programmes below.

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This program will provide you with a range of academic and transferable skills that will be a benefit in many careers. Graduates of this programme may progress to doctoral study, careers in government, international aid agencies, global multilateral agencies (United Nations, World Bank, UNICEF, etc.), human rights institutions (Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, etc.), think tanks and research bodies.

Past graduates have gone on to work as:

  • Teachers at primary and secondary level
  • Researchers with government agencies and departments
  • Private-sector consultants and researchersAid workers in developing countries
  • Marketing and business executives, following further professional training
  • Planners and local government officials
  • Geographical Information Systems specialists.
  • Researchers and lecturers in UCD, University of Bristol, Louisiana State University, and many other institutions.

Mei Han

“The MA Geography has been a great benefit to me. I have learned very strong analytical skills in Geography. There are quite a few optional modules that I could choose based on my interests and research orientation. The lecturers are all professional and nice, always patient with my questions ”

Mei Han

Graduates work in government agencies, international aid agencies, global multilateral agencies, human rights institutions, think-tanks, research bodies and private firms in roles such as researchers, lecturers, aid workers, GIS specialists, planners and local government officials.

Graduates now work in organisations such as:

  • UN
  • World Bank
  • UNICEF
  • Amnesty International
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Deloitte

Ryan McCarrel

Graduate, International Research Fellow at the Caucasus Research Resource Center – Azerbaijan

"Getting my MA in Geopolitics and the Global Economy at UCD gave me an opportunity to study with some leading academics in their field. Lectures were engaging and thought provoking, challenging me to think critically about some of the most prescient issues confronting the world today."

Ryan McCarrel

The MSc Urban Environment is designed to provide students with the key knowledge and practical transferable skillsets that will be a benefit in many careers.

Graduates may progress to careers in:

  • further research, academic and professional
  • private sector consultancy
  • professional training in related disciplines
  • Geographical Information Systems and
  • research careers in the private sector, public service or with community groups.

The MSc Development and the Global South is designed to provide students with the key knowledge and practical transferable skillsets that will be a benefit in many careers. Graduates of this programme may progress to careers in:

  • Further research, whether academic or professional
  • NGOs focused on the Global South
  • International aid, development or humanitarian agencies or organisations
  • Global multilateral agencies (United Nations, World Bank, UNICEF, UN-Habitat etc.)
  • Uni- or multinational think-tanks
  • Private sector research or corporate social responsibility divisions

Louise Sarsfield-Collins

International Humanitarian Law Advocacy Officer with Irish Red Cross

"Having a strong sense of how the globalised world works and being cognisant of the geopolitical implications of events is knowledge that I gained in my degree that is vital to the work I do today."

Louise Sarsfield-Collins

This program will provide you with practical and applied GIS/remote sensing abilities as well as a range of academic and transferable skills that will be a benefit in many careers. Graduates of this programme may progress to doctoral study or to careers in:

  • Environmental and planning consultancies
  • Governmental departments and local authorities
  • State and semi-state agencies (e.g. Central Statistics Office, Environmental Protection Agency, Marine Institute, Ordnance Survey Ireland)
  • Industry (e.g. ESRI, Google)
  • Think tanks and research bodies

Dr Ainhoa González

Programme Director

Dr Ainhoa González’s main area of study concerns the development and application of geospatial analysis tools and methods for assessing environmental change and impacts, with the objective of providing a robust evidence-base in support of informed planning and decision-making. She specialises in Strategic Environmental Assessment. She has also worked as a freelance environmental consultant and spatial analyst, supporting the work of a number of Irish and international authorities. Ainhoa has collaborated in several interdisciplinary European and national projects, with a main role in developing pragmatic assessment methods for bridging science and practice. 

Local and national government, for example: health care companies, consultants, NGOs, research institutions, and news organisations, employ people with skills, knowledge and expertise to understand and research they relationship between population, health, housing and policy. Nonprofit and voluntary organisations, private commercial organisations.

The MSc in Risk, Resilience and Sustainability offers direct employment prospects in environmental protection agencies (e.g EPA), International organisations such as the UN, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, government departments and state agencies addressing global challenges, NGOs, Advise industries on social and environmental strategies, voluntary sector, government, civil service, as well as further academic study.

Beyond this, understanding Risk, Resilience and Sustainability and the intellectual and practical skills developed are designed to enable graduates to understand the world in order to change it.

Prof. Jacky Croke

Programme Director

Professor Jacky Croke is a Professor in Physical Geography specialising in the management of riverine systems and associated natural hazards such as floods and droughts. This includes the use of long-term records of past climate to better understand and predict water security under a changing climate. With career experiences in Australia, Indonesia, Europe and Ireland, she is passionate about tackling global environmental challenges through quality education, real-world experiences and employment opportunities.

Prof. Jacky Croke

The MSc in Critical Geographies offers key intellectual and academic insights to consider in-depth the power relations that constitute our world. These skills will ensure that graduates are both employable and augment civil society through a keen engagement with social, cultural and political inequalities.

In addition, to critical intellectual development, the course supports students to develop key advanced skills, including critical dissemination across a range of media (blogs, journal articles, report writing) research design and delivery of a large scale project. Field based experiences that are part of your modules develop your methodological expertise and experience, alongside the practical application of concepts.

This programme offers direct employment prospects including in NGOs, voluntary sector, government, civil service, as well as further academic studies. Beyond this, critical geographies and the intellectual and practical skills developed are designed to enable graduates to understand the world in order to change it.

Prof. Kath Browne

Programme Director

"My work is in the field of Critical Geography, particularly feminist and sexualities geographies, where I have developed new understandings of the shifting relations of sexual and gendered power through their manifestations in place and space. I see the spatial as key to the conceptualisation, and manifestation, of socially just worlds. I am passionate about understandings of power and inequalities through practically engaged research that seeks to experiment in different futures. My expertise in Sexualities and Space; Gendered Lives and Sexed Bodies and Empowering and Effective Methodologies has affected positive social change, including through working with marginalised communities, civil society and government."

Kath Browne