Taught Masters

All our Taught Masters programmes are offered full-time and part-time. 

The full-time programmes are one-year in length beginning in September and finishing 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.

The part-time option is taken over 2 years and students must accumulate a total of 90-credits, of which 30-credits are associated with an independent research thesis.

Additionally, the MSc Urban Environment and the MSc Geospatial Analysis are offered as 60-credit diplomas. The Diploma option runs from September to the end of May, involves two semesters of taught courses and there is no final thesis. This may be particularly suitable for those returning to study or who wish to undertake Continuing Professional Development to support their personal, academic or career goals.

For further details and links to the official graduate studies pages, please click on the relevant programme name below for further information and to apply for September 2018 entry.

  • 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. Download a PDF of the flyer for MA Geography
  • 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. Download a PDF of the flyer for MA in Geopolitics & the Global Economy.
  • 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. Download a PDF of the flyer for MSc Urban Environment.‌

  • The MSc Development and the Global South programme offers students a critical comprehension of key issues in contemporary geographies of development in the Global South. This understanding is grounded in central theoretical debates in Global South studies, development geography, postcoloniality/decoloniality 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 societal challenges emerging in the Global South relating to development and sustainability. As part of the programme, students will also have the opportunity to focus on Asia or Latin America and will carry out field-based research in either Vietnam or Brazil in collaboration with our partner universities (Hanoi University and Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro) and development organisations operating in the region, including Irish Aid. This course is strongly suited to students with career interests in international development. Download a PDF of the flyer for MSc Development and the Global South.
  • The MSc in Applied Geospatial Analysis equips students with practical and applied skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) for social and environmental sciences. It provides them with a solid theoretical, conceptual and methodological understanding of GIS and RS that covers legislative requirements and ethical considerations. The programme includes guest speakers from research and industry, exposing students to potential career opportunities in the area. The focus of the programme is on gaining applied skills on spatial data management, visualization, analysis and interpretation within the wider context of sustainable development. Students will have the opportunity to tailor the application of geospatial technologies to their research and career needs from a range of subject areas. Download a PDF of the flyer for MSc in Applied Geospatial Analysis .