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Geography

B.A.

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Geography student

What is 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.

Geography: The course for you?

Trinity is ranked in the world top 100 universities for Geography (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015).

  • In recent years, Sophister (third and fourth) 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.

Geography @ Trinity

Geography Matters! In contemporary society it is clear that geographical knowledge and experience are more important than ever; helping us know and understand a dynamic and rapidly changing world...

Geography at Trinity College Dublin is a place of intensive and extensive geographical scholarship in Ireland. We teach and research across the discipline from Nigeria to New Zealand, from development theory to coastal modelling, and from climate change to the social economy.

We aim to challenge students intellectually and foster and maintain world class research and teaching in a supportive and collegial atmosphere.

Geography is an integrative subject with an international outlook and openness to interdisciplinary collaboration.

Graduate skills and 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.

Your degree and what you’ll study

The first (Junior Freshman) 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 1024’ 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 1025’ 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 second (Senior Freshman 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.

THIRD AND FOURTH (SOPHISTER) YEARS

There are three compulsory modules in the third year:

  • Advanced Research Methods in Geography I
  • Advanced Research Methods in Geography II (which includes an overseas field trip)
  • History and Philosophy of Geography

There are also additional optional modules covering a wide range of subjects that include:

  • Geographic Information: Data and Tools
  • Glacial Geomorphology
  • Globalisation
  • Deserts of our Solar System
  • Environmental Governance 1

For their 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
  • 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-Sorbonne, Prague (Charles University), Utrecht or Stockholm universities.

GET IN TOUCH!

www.tcd.ie/geography

Tel: +353 1 896 1576

geography@tcd.ie

Geography blog:
Twitter: @Planetgeogblog

What our current students say

Sarah McDonagh TSM Geography 4th/Final Year

“It might be cheesy to say that ‘geography rocks’ but it’s true! Studying Geography in Trinity has left me with more than just an education. Through the wide range of modules offered within the course I have learnt a diverse range of skills which are really relevant in today’s society. Not only that, but the chance to partake in field-trips both at home and abroad makes this course an excellent place for forming lasting friendships while learning lots along the way.”

Course Options

Award

B.A.

Options

Students who wish to study Geography apply to the Science degree (TR062) and may select Geography as their specialist area for the 3rd and 4th years at the end of the second year.

Alternatively, Geography may be combined with one other subject from an arts or social science discipline within the two-subject moderatorship (TSM) programme. TSM is a joint honour programme. An honours degree is awarded in both subjects. For subjects that combine with Geography, see TSM combinations.


Admission Requirements

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Options

Students who wish to study Geography apply to the Science degree (TR062) and may select Geography as their specialist area for the 3rd and 4th years at the end of the second year.

Alternatively, Geography may be combined with one other subject from an arts or social science discipline within the two-subject moderatorship (TSM) programme. TSM is a joint honour programme. An honours degree is awarded in both subjects. For subjects that combine with Geography, see TSM combinations.