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Current Students

Welcome to the current students page for our undergraduate Geography courses (TSM, Political Science and Geography, TR071 and TR062). Here you will find some useful links relating to handbooks timetables and forms. The undergraduate handbooks are the primary source of information for students regarding Geography matters, so please consult these carefully.

Current TR071 students (i.e. Science students who entered the university up to 2017): please see here for details of the TR071 course structure.

Course Handbooks:

Geography Undergraduate Course Handbook (Natural Science and TSM) 2018/19 - the primary source of information for students regarding departmental matters.

Political Science and Geography Undergraduate Course Handbook

Political Science and Geography Undergraduate Course Handbook - for further information see the Department of Political Science.

Earth Sciences Undergraduate Course Handbook

Earth Sciences Undergraduate Course Handbook - for further information see the School of Natural Sciences.

College Calendar

College Calendar - the definitive source for information relating to the regulations of the College.


Semester 1 and 2 timetables for Geography modules are available here

Assignment Cover Sheet:

All submitted Geography course work must have a completed Assignment Submission Form attached pdf. These are available at the link below, or from the Geography Desk in the Museum Building.

Freeman Library:

The Freeman Library is the library of the Geography Department in Trinity College, and is open to all students studying Geography. For details of the library's resources and opening hours, please see Freeman Library

Foundation Scholarship Examination:

The Foundation Scholarship examination papers in Geography are constructed in such a way as to test the depth and breadth of the candidates’ overall understanding of the discipline.

The Scholarship examination in Geography (Science, Earth Sciences, TSM and Political Science/Geography) consists of two 2-hour examination papers:

First paper: examines the subjects covered in the GG2024 Changing Environments module

This two-hour paper is specifically designed to allow candidates to demonstrate a superior appreciation of the course-based material of the senior freshman programme with an additional list of advanced readings being provided to candidates by the lecturers involved.

Second paper: deals with more general topics within the discipline of Geography

In the second two-hour paper candidates will have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to synthesise knowledge and appraise, critically, the broader issues; thus allowing them to integrate disparate elements in the intellectual discourses within the discipline of Geography.

In this regard, candidates are required to write two essays selected from an unseen list of broadly-themed topics within Geography which will change from year to year.

For further information regarding the Foundation Scholarship Examination in Geography please contact Professor Philip Lawton.

The Foundation Scholarship Examination - General Information

Academic Registry information on Foundation Scholarship (including an on-line Application link):

Past examination papers - including Geography paper 1 (XSCH3017) and Geography paper 2 (XSCH3310):

Scholars' Website (information source for everything to do with the Foundation Scholarship system in Trinity):

Field Courses:

Fieldwork is an essential component of a training in Geography. During the course of the academic year, field excursions in the Dublin region are held for Senior Freshman students.

A residential field course is taken in the Junior Sophister year as part of the module GG3025 Advanced Research Methods in Geography. For details, please see the Geography Undergraduate Handbook.

Fees for these courses are additional to normal College fees.

Trinity Trust Field Trip Funds - applications for financial assistance

Students who wish to apply for financial assistance with compulsory field trips must meet certain criteria. Only student’s who are in financial hardship can/should apply for assistance. Please note that any household where the income is above €60,087 is not eligible and Student Support will not accept/process any applications without the relevant backup documentation.

The criteria for assessing applications is included below and a .pdf version of the application form can be downloaded here.

Further information is available from the Undergraduate Student Support Officer in the Senior Tutor's Office.

Erasmus and Study Abroad Programmes:

Thinking of studying at a university abroad as part of your Trinity degree programme?

Geography students can study abroad through the ERASMUS exchange programme, for either one semester or a full year, in their Junior Sophister year. Full year exchanges are preferred.

Two places are available with each of our partner European universities:

Applying to join the TCD Erasmus/European Exchange Programme

  • All students nominated for study abroad must achieve a 2:1 in their Senior Freshman year in order to take up their place
  • Nominations for available places will be decided on the basis of a combination of Junior Freshman results (Geography and overall) and a 600-word Statement of Interest which should include:
    • which university you wish to study in
    • why you wish to study there
    • how you will benefit from a study abroad year
    • details of language proficiency, in particular for those partner universities that do not teach through English
    • whether you wish to go for a full year or one semester
  • Statements of interest must be emailed to Dr Mark Hennessy by the beginning of December each year with the subject heading "ERASMUS Application"

Nominations will be made in January in time for the successful students to apply for the ERASMUS mobility grant.

Important note for TSM and Political Science & Geography students

TSM an PSG students should take into account that they will need to study two subjects whilst abroad. TSM students can follow Pattern C in order to only study geography while abroad in the JS year. Two subject students in Geography who obtain at least a 2:2 in the SF year can also transfer into single honours Natural Science and only study geography while on exchange.

TSM students should remember that their other subject department will also have ERASMUS partner departments. TSM and PSG students can go on an ERASMUS exchange through either or their subject departments.

NB: PSG students should not currently consider Stockholm or Bordeaux as there are problems with enrolling for suitable Politics modules.

For further information visit the Study Abroad and Student Exchange section.

Non-EU study exchange

Study abroad outside of the EU must be arranged on a case-by-case basis or through a college-wide partnership.

For further information visit the International Students section

 Thinking of studying at Trinity?

Please visit the International Students pages for the most up to date information for inbound students.

Important note for incoming Students to Geography

When you arrive you should email Dr Mark Hennessy who will be able to advise on your Geography module choices and will need to sign your course form, ensuring you are enrolled on the correct modules.

Geography Dissertation:

All NS (TR071), TSM Pattern B and C and Political Science and Geography students who are taking Geography as a single subject in their final year are required to undertake a Geography dissertation. The dissertation is an independent study in which field work or the study of original source material is expected to play an important role.Data can be collected in a variety of ways - such as through field sampling or survey, laboratory analysis, questionnaire surveys, interviews, content analysis, census material or archival work or some combination of these - depending on the topic chosen.The research topic is developed as part of GG3028 Advanced Research Methods in Geography I.

For more information, please see the 'Dissertation Guidelines and Regulations' on the Local Access page.

Additional information:

Additional information for current students relating to Geography dissertations, fieldwork regulations and technical support services is available on the Local Access page (you will need a valid TCD email address and password to access this page).