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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.

A Geography Masters at UCD offers you a plurality of possibilities to engage your experience and current learning, giving you advanced skills and expertise that will develop your career opportunities, taking you the next level in new and exciting directions for shaping the future. You will study a cutting edge research-led curriculum with leading international experts in Geography.

The Masters are one year, full-time or two-year, part-time, postgraduate courses, and involve lectures, seminars, extensive reading and supervised research. Students on these programmes will take compulsory modules in research design and geographical analytical techniques, as well as a fieldwork module relevant to their area of study. Some of the programmes then require students to select a certain number of credits worth of optional modules from a menu of available courses, including – in some cases – modules offered by other schools that further promote interdisciplinary study. Finally, students are required to complete a 30-credit dissertation.


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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 Geospatial Data Analysis and the MSc Risk Resilience and Sustainability 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.