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Geography (TSM)

B.A.; 4 years full-time; 45 places; 430*-570*

Geography student carrying out fieldwork

What is Geography?

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. Fundamentally it is about the world in which we live. Geography offers a 21st Century education by uniquely bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography focuses on understanding the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, while physical geography focuses on understanding the dynamics of physical landscapes. In Trinity, a Geography degree also covers increasingly important environmental issues where humans affect physical environments and vice versa.

Is this course right for you?

Are you interested in the way the world works? Do you want to make a positive difference to the way in which we live together with the natural world for present and future generations? If the answer is yes, then geography is for you.

Studying Geography at Trinity you will explore a range of topics from the history of cities to the landforms of Mars, strengthening both your creative and analytical abilities. You will develop communication and teamwork skills and most of all you will become fully equipped to become a real-world problem solver. Geography will foster your independence of thought as well as critical and intellectual awareness. You will have opportunities to go ‘into the field’ to explore important geographical issues in Ireland and abroad, exploring the areas that interest you most in more detail through independent research projects. The staff in Geography have a wide range of expertise in physical, human and environmental issues and are passionate about the subject. Come and explore the world and shape the future with us.

Why study Geography at Trinity?

You will study at one of the world’s best universities for Geography – Trinity is ranked in the top 100 in the world for Geography (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015). The Geography staff, and the programmes we deliver, provide cutting-edge education through research-led teaching. Our research takes us far beyond the lecture theatre to important places around the globe, from Sudan and Slovakia to Zambia, China and New Zealand. Indeed, many Geography staff members are national and world leaders in their respective fields, advising governments, industry and non-governmental organisations on a range of economic, social and environmental issues. Geography at Trinity is an education for life and for living. It is not surprising that many of those who have trained as geographers at Trinity now contribute substantially to the applied management of resources, settlements and environments internationally.

In recent years Geography students have been involved in fieldwork in Iceland, Mallorca and Zambia, and in making digital video documentaries as part of their assessed work.

What will you study?


The first year (Junior Freshman) TSM Geography modules aim to provide a flavour of the breadth of the subject, focusing on materials that are dealt with in greater depth in later years, while challenging students to integrate the different approaches and forms of knowledge that characterise the modern discipline of geography.

In the first year, students take three introductory modules in Geography:

  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • Human

Participation in lectures and seminars is in line with other TSM subjects. Certain practical exercises are completed outside the allocated class time.

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 the Collection and Analysis of Geographical Data module that includes a fieldwork component. A combination of continuous assessment and end-of-year examination is used.


For details of modules in the Junior and Senior Sophister (third and fourth) years, see Geography (TR071). Students may also opt to take a number of modules from a suite of options that contribute to greater understanding of the world around us from disciplines outside Geography in their third and fourth years. 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.


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, teaching and overseas development as well as positions in such areas as financial services (including insurance), foreign affairs, leisure and tourism.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 1576

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Geography students

Student Profile

Celine Walsh

I chose to study Geography as it is a broad course, covering a wide range of topics from physical and environmental to social, economic and historical geography. This varied aspect of Geography appealed to me as I was uncertain which career path I wanted to take when I finished secondary school. I would have the opportunity, over the four years, to discover what I was passionate about. Throughout my time in Trinity, I have thoroughly enjoyed studying Geography. The department is friendly, open and approachable. Fieldtrips are organised around Ireland and abroad, such as Mallorca and Iceland. Students are given the opportunity to study overseas also. I spent my third year in Stockholm University, in Sweden, studying Human Geography through the English language. Studying and living in Sweden was an eye-opening experience. I spent my time with people from all over Europe and beyond. This has influenced my growing passion in migration studies. I hope to continue studying in this area as a Postgraduate in the Trinity Immigration Centre. Also, as a student in Trinity, I have been given the chance to take part in new activities, in the clubs and societies, such as rock climbing, yoga, and African drumming. I believe the learning environment and social activities in Trinity gives the students the opportunity to realise their full potential.

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4 years full-time

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Number of Places


CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

This is a Two-Subject Moderatorship (TSM) course please read TSM

Minimum entry points required are 430*-570* (per TSM combination)
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CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

This is a Two-Subject Moderatorship (TSM) course please read TSM