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Understanding Risk, Resilience and Sustainability for Better Societies

Risk, Resilience and Sustainability are three keywords of our time.  A deeper understanding of risk, the ways in which it is generated, experienced and managed is fundamental to addressing many of our pressing societal issues. Concepts such as ‘critical infrastructure’ underpin government initiatives to prepare, and manage for, global challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, ecological uncertainty, and extreme social inequity.

UCD Risk Resilience Sustainability 

The concept of sustainability is heavily enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have been widely taken up as a road map for future development around the world. 

The key objective of the course is to explore how sustainability and resilience work together in the safeguarding of ecosystem services, the economy, construction, transportation and political systems.

UCD School of Geography

Geography as a discipline offers expertise in the environment (e.g. hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, cyclones, floods and other environmental hazards) and the societal dimensions of risk, resilience and sustainability and is well placed to offer an interdisciplinary framework. It develops the School's vision of creating cutting edge research-led teaching that works towards ‘shaping the future’ in ways that are not only more environmentally sustainable but also through addressing issues of critical importance to ‘future-proofing earth’.

Below is a list of the core and optional modules you can choose from as part of your programme, subject to change:


  • Research Design I and II
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Dissertation
  • Global South Fieldwork: Vietnam
  • Hazards, Risk and Resilience


  • Physical Geography of Cities
  • Urban Rivers
  • Environmental Risk and Behaviour
  • Practical Environmental Assessment
  • Advanced GIS Options 
  • Coastal Risks
  • Population Patterns and Challenges
  • Geographies of the Global South
  • Critical Geopolitics
  • Remote Sensing

For full information, including entry requirements please visit the MSc in Risk, Resilience and Sustainability page.

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Career Opportunities

The MSc in Risk, Resilience and Sustainability offers direct employment prospects in the likes of Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland. International opportunities are also open in organisations such as the UN, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission. You can also enter government departments and state agencies addressing global challenges, NGOs, advising 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.

Staff Profile

Prof Jacky Croke, Programme Director

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.

If you have any questions about the course please feel free to email us to discuss further.

Unrivalled Career Preparation and Support

UCD School of Geography is ranked in the top 100 Geography schools in the world. Also, UCD Careers Network is a department dedicated to helping you get the best in your career search.  In addition to hosting a range of careers fairs, workshops and college-specific employment presentations, you can avail of one-to-one consultations with a career professional specialising in your area. All of this is free for UCD students. As of 2020, for the fourth year in a row, University College Dublin is proudly ranked number one in Ireland for graduate employability by QS World University Rankings and 78th in the world.

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