Taught Masters

Our Taught Masters programmes are all one-year, full-time programmes that begin in September and finish in the following August. Students must accumulate a total of 90-credits, of which 30-credits are associated with an independent research thesis. In semester 1 of the programme, students will develop a formal research proposal and be assigned a supervisor to oversee the completion of the research project. For further details and links to the official graduate studies pages, please click on the relevant programme name below.

  1. The MA Geography is aimed at students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of key geographical ideas and themes including but not limited to historical geography, environment, and human geography while studying in Ireland. We encourage students to embrace opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills, undertake independent research in an area of specialist interest such as historical geography or other areas of human geography and environment, and enhance their geospatial skills set.

  2. The MA in Geopolitics & the Global Economy equips students with an in-depth understanding of international relations, political geography and globalisation.  The course includes fieldwork in an overseas location such as Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, or Reykjavik. Students acquire a solid grounding in political geography, geopolitics and the broad fields of globalisation and international relations. Research topics include: Globalisation, Geopolitics, Political geography, International relations, and World economy.

  3. The MSc Urban Environment integrates the perspectives of human and physical geography to explore the resilience and sustainability of urban environments. This is a key element of contemporary urban studies and sustainability and resilience are an important part of urban policy.  This thematic approach to urban studies is complemented by developing fieldwork and geospatial skills to enable students understand the urban environment in practice. The city of Dublin is a key laboratory within which resilience, sustainability and urban policy-making can be interrogated. The key objective of the course is to address the challenge of achieving global sustainability by making resource efficient, smart and liveable cities.

  4. The MSc Geographies of the Global South programme offers students a critical comprehension of key issues in contemporary geographies of the Global South and theoretical debates in Global South studies, development geography and development studies. A unique element of the programme is the strong emphasis on gaining applied skills in geo-spatial technologies and a critical understanding of how these tools can be applied to address real-world challenges emerging in the Global South. Students will also have the opportunity to carry out a field-based research project in a Global South context (Vietnam or Brazil) in collaboration with local academic institutions, students and development organisations. This course is strongly suited to students with career interests in international development.