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Degree Structure

The Geography Department at Trinity College is in the School of Natural Sciences within the Faculty of Science.
There are two paths by which Geography may be studied in the Department.

Students who wish to read for a Single Honours degree in Geography (B.A. Moderatorship) study the subject through Natural Sciences. Science students combine Geography with other science subjects in the first two years and study Geography on its own in the Sophister (third and fourth) years.

Those who prefer to combine the study of Geography with a second subject from the humanities or social sciences may read for a Combined Honours (Two Subject Moderatorship) degree. The second subject is chosen from the following list: Economics, History, Mathematics, Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology.

For both Natural Science (NS) and Two Subject Moderatorship (TSM) students, the undergraduate programme in Geography is broadly similar during the first two years and both streams of students study a fixed series of courses. This is designed to introduce students to the major elements and branches of the discipline during these years.

During the Sophister (third and fourth) years, a choice of courses is available to both Natural Science and TSM students, allowing them to pursue studies of a more advanced and specialised nature.

In addition to the two paths described above, there are two direct entry degrees of which Geography is a major component:

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 compulsory module GG3025 Advanced Research Methods in Geography. Generally the residential field course is based overseas, in order to introduce students to new, unfamiliar and intellectually challenging environments.

Students who wish to be exempted from the field course requirement must first obtain permission from the Head of Department.

Fees for these courses are additional to normal College fees.


In addition to their coursework, sophister students undertake a substantial research project (usually field based) for a dissertation which they submit during their Senior Sophister year (module GG4030 Geography Dissertation).

For further information on regulations regarding the Sophister Dissertation, please consult the Geography Undergraduate Course Handbook.

Past Examination Papers

To view past TCD Geography UG examination papers go to where you will find a link to the TCD database.

Please note that the Geography Local Web Page contains information, documentation and downloadable forms for use by members of the Geography Department Staff and Geography Students only and you will need a TCD email address and password to view this section.




Last updated 15 December 2015