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Geography

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR071
  • Min Entry Points for 2013: 505* points
  • Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.
  • Course Options:

    Students who wish to study Geography apply to the Science degree (TR071) and may select Geography as their specialist area for the 3rd and 4th years.

    Junior Freshman (first) year prerequisite: Geography 1021 and/or Geography 1022

    Senior Freshman (second year) prerequisite: Geography GG2024 and GG2025.

    For details of the first two years of the Science course, including entry requirements, see TR071: Science (common entry).

     

    See also:

    TR029: Political science and geography
    TR077: Earth sciences

  • How to apply: See how to apply

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Why study Geography?

Geography is truly interdisciplinary as it spans a broad spectrum of the social, biological, informational and physical sciences. As the world becomes interconnected geographers are well placed to bring their understanding and skills to bear on social and environmental issues. An important attribute of geographers, and one that is highly regarded in the workplace, is their ability to combine multidisciplinary knowledge with a wide range of transferable skills, including critical thinking, report-writing, numeracy and IT-literacy. These can be applied to careers which directly incorporate a geographic dimension, such as environmental consultancy or urban planning, and to wider areas such as business and public service.

Course content

The Junior Freshman (first year) Geography course aims to provide a solid grounding in physical geography, focusing on materials that are dealt with in greater depth in later years.

Students can take 'Geography 1021' which considers the following themes:

  • Climate change
  • Global atmospheric and ocean systems
  • Global geoecology
  • Global geosystems
  • Surface processes and landscape development

In addition, students may also select to take 'Geography 1022' which introduces key concepts relating to the interactions between humans and their environment by examining case studies from the fields of conservation, environmental degradation and environmental hazards.

In the first year, as students study geography in combination with other subjects, they attend an average of four lectures per module per week. The Senior Freshman (second year) geography modules cover issues relating to cultural, economic and historical geography, and to natural and human-modified environmental processes and systems. Research skills are developed further through a course on collection and analysis of geographical data which includes a fieldwork component.

The Sophister years

There are three compulsory modules (5 credits each) in Junior Sophister (third) year:

  • Advanced research methods in geography I
  • Advanced research methods in geography II (which includes an overseas fieldtrip)
  • History and philosophy of geography

There are also additional optional modules (5 credits each) covering a wide range of subjects that include:

  • Geographic information: data and tools
  • Coastal processes and management I and II
  • Globalisation
  • Deserts of our solar system
  • Environmental governance 1

For their Senior Sophister (fourth) year, students undertake a research dissertation and choose from optional modules that include:

  • Climate change
  • Human origins
  • Globalisation and development
  • Historical geography I and II
  • Periglacial geomorphology
  • Property development, urban planning and the state
  • Environmental Governance II
  • Glacial geomorphology
  • Reconstructing environmental change
  • Understanding environmental change

Several of the Sophister year options require field and laboratory work. Students may also opt to take a number of courses outside geography in their Sophister years.

Assessment

A combination of continuous assessment and end-of-year examination is used.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for students to spend all or part of the third year studying abroad at Exeter, Bordeaux, Paris, Utrecht or Stockholm universities.

Did you know?

  • Trinity College Dublin is ranked in the world top 100 universities for Geography (by the QS World University Rankings 2014).

  • In recent years, Sophister year geography students have been involved in academic staff-led fieldwork in Iceland, Mallorca and Zambia, and in making digital video documentaries as part of their assessed work.

Career opportunities

A wide range of career options is potentially available to geography graduates. The combination of a broad-based discipline and training in highly relevant transferable skills is valued in today's job market, where adaptability and flexibility are widely regarded as assets. Careers taken up by graduating geography students in recent years include urban and regional planning, environmental consultancy and research and teaching as well as positions in such areas as financial services (including insurance), foreign affairs, leisure and tourism and overseas development.

Further information

www.tcd.ie/Geography

Tel: +353 1 896 1576

 

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