Welcome to the page for our current 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 College up to and including 2017): please see here for details of the TR071 course structure.
Geography Undergraduate (Joint Honours) Course Handbook 2021-22
Geography Undergraduate Course Handbook (TJH) 2021/22 - 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.
College Calendar - the definitive source for information relating to the regulations of the College.
Module Choice Forms (Senior Sophister):
Below are the module choice forms for Senior Sophister students of Natural Science (Geography) and TSM.
Political Science and Geography students can access their module choice forms here
As noted on the forms, please send a copy of your completed form to email@example.com or drop it into the Geography Office. Any requests to change module choice must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Semester 1 and 2 timetables for Geography modules are available here
Assignment Cover Sheet:
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 GGU22924 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 critically appraise, 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):
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 GGU33925 Advanced Research Methods in Geography. For details, please see the Geography Undergraduate Handbook.
A residential field course is also taken in the Senior Sophister year as part of the module GGU44971 Stormy Geomorphology. For details, please see the Geography Undergraduate Handbook.
Fees for these courses are additional to normal College fees.
TCD Association & Trust - applications for financial assistance for field trips.
The TCD Association & Trust provides grant support for a wide variety of College projects where funding is not available from mainstream resources. Only students who are in financial hardship can/should apply for assistance.
Further information on financial assistance is available from the Senior Tutor's Office.
Erasmus and Study Abroad Programmes:
- Studying at a university abroad as part of your Trinity degree programme
- Studying at Trinity as a visiting student or as part of your EU Erasmus programme
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 and 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 of 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 Study website.
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Important note for incoming Students to Geography
On your arrival 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.
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 GGU39028 Advanced Research Methods in Geography I.
For more information, please see Dissertation Guidelines and Regulations.
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).