Undergraduate programmes

Are you interested in pressing global, national and local issues such as climate change, inequality, migration, urbanisation and hazard management? Do you want to make sense of our highly complex world and become an informed global citizen? Do you want to learn IT, field and laboratory techniques that are highly valued by employers, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS)? Founded on a strong tradition of exploration, Geography is enquiry-driven and our curriculum provides both the knowledge and skills to investigate effectively the world around us. Discovering how the world works and our roles within it are at the foundation of a discipline that aims to develop globally informed and spatially sensitive citizens.

By studying Geography in UCD, you will understand the context in which environmental, socio-cultural and politicoeconomic decision-making takes place and develop skills that prepare you for the workplaces and societies of tomorrow. Employers value the ability of Geography graduates to investigate, analyse, critique and interpret complex phenomena. During your undergraduate programme you will develop discipline specific and transferable skills in: data collection, analysis and interpretation; oral and written communication; time management; collaborative working and spatial analysis. Geography is taught through lectures, tutorials, labs and fieldwork and includes significant independent reading and study. Some modules have an online component. Assessment is generally a combination of continuous assessment, tutorial or laboratory participation and end-of-semester exams.

Our Geography programmes benefit from the expertise of academic staff members who are very active in their respective research fields and you can be assured that your learning is based on cutting-edge ideas and methodologies in the social and natural sciences. 

To find out how Geography can be studied at UCD, please click on the relevant links below.

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Geography is located within the College of Social Sciences and Law, and we are delighted to be able to offer students the opportunity of the new 4-year Geography degree as part of the BSc Social Sciences. Geographers study major societal and natural challenges including: climate change, globalisation, migration;integration; urbanisation; geopolitical struggles; resilience and sustainability. Our unique perspective is that we highlight the interconnectedness of human and natural processes and advocate a holistic approach to addressing major challenges.

There are a number of different pathways in the Social Sciences-Geography degree, each of which are 4 years in duration. These are summarised as:

  • Joint Major in Geography with another Social Sciences subject (e.g. Politics, Economics, Sociology)
  • Major in Geography with a minor in English, Greek and Roman civilization, History, Linguistics or Irish
  • Landscapes and Society pathway – a joint programme with Archaeology and History
  • Computational Social Science pathway – a multi-disciplinary programme about leveraging the power of big data, computer simulations and social networks to understand social phenomena and individual behaviour.
  • Geography with Chinese – the third year is spent abroad developing language competence

Why would I do the four-year degree?

This degree allows you to become more competent in both your academic knowledge and your transferable skills. You will be exposed to significant social science skills training from year 1 as well as having a more focused approach to your core subject areas in years 1 and 2; extended opportunities to study abroad for one or two semesters, possible options of internships, and other non-classroom based learning in stage 3; and the opportunity to develop research interests and skills in year 4.

Further details of Geography as part of the DN700 degree can be found by clicking BSc (Social Sciences) Geography flyer here.

Further information on the Landscapes and Society pathway within the DN700 degree can be found be clicking BSc Landscapes and Society flyer here.

Geography is available on the 3-year BA degree programme (DN520). Students wishing to take Geography under this Arts and Humanities routes have two options:

  • Geography as a BA Arts (2 subjects) degree with either History or Irish.
  • Geography as a Minor subject with a Major in either Art History or Music or English.

These are the only subject combinations currently possible under the Arts and Humanities routeways, however any student may take Geography as their third subject in first year. 

For detailed information on the BA Geography programme including course content, see the BA Geography course flyer here.

Further details on the Arts and Humanities BA degree can be found here

Electives offer the opportunity to take modules that are conceptually or methodologically complementary to those in the main Geography programme. As such, electives can enrich your learning experience and strengthen your knowledge and skills bases. Elective places are available on a large number of modules. It is possible to take Geography modules as electives if you are studying other subjects in the BSc Social Sciences, BA or if you are in other degree programmes across the university.  Elective places are available on a large number of modules. Complementary to your Core and Option modules, Elective modules can either deepen your knowledge in your chosen programme (In-Programme Electives) or allow you to explore subjects outside your area of study (General Electives).

Registration for all modules, including electives, is done through the normal Online Registration process.

For more information on choosing your electives, a brief guide for Undergraduate Students can be found here