Graduate Programmes

UCD School of Geography has a vibrant and engaged postgraduate community who are involved in all aspects of the school. We offer taught Masters programmes that explore sustainability, geopolitics, power and inequalities, and GIS. Our flagship, a structured PhD programme, draws on and extends Geographical knowledges through engaged students who work closely with supervisors developing Geographical knowledges and their own research and professional profiles. Find out about our current graduate students here. We also offer a number of Research Masters degrees in Human and Physical Geography.

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UCD Geography Masters offer exciting and engaging courses that explore sustainability, geopolitics, power and inequalities, and GIS. These Masters programmes offer students the possibilities of engaging with key world issues in ways that seek to shape their future, alongside the future of the planet. They appeal both to those who feel that they are more focused on science-based issues, and those who have more social science or Arts interests. Offering practical skills, such as the ability to use GIS (Geographical Information Systems), students create and deliver their own research project with experts in key areas of interest, and engage in hands-on learning, including overseas field trips. Find out more on the Taught Masters Programme.

Our flagship PhD Programme offers students the opportunity to work with world leading Geographical researchers on topics that push the boundaries of knowledge. Doctoral students complete taught modules as well as developing and delivering their own research thesis. This has proven to be highly successful and enables our PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. Making a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, normally leading to peer-reviewed publications remains the core objective of doctoral studies in the School.

The School of Geography offers two Research Masters Programmes (MLitt - Human Geography and MSc - Physical Geography). These degrees are suitable for students who want to carry out research either with the view to progressing towards a PhD degree in the future or simply gaining the skill set that accompanies investigative research. The normal duration for completion of a Master’s degree is 1-2 years. 

Find out more on our PhD and Research Masters