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Geography (JH)

B.A. ; 4 years full-time ; 45 places ; CAO points: 429-565 (2018)

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 increasingly interconnected, geographers are well placed to bring their understanding and skills to bear on social and environmental issues.

Geography: The course for you?

Trinity was ranked in the world top 100 universities for Geography (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).

In recent years, third and fourth year geography students have been involved in academic staff-led fieldwork from Clare Island to Mallorca, undertaken summer research projects in Kenya, and made digital video documentaries and blog-posts 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 is a place of intensive and extensive geographical scholarship in Ireland. We teach and research across the discipline, from development theory to coastal modelling, and from climate change to the social economy, all within different contexts, from Nigeria to New Zealand.

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. The focus in geography is on understanding spatial and temporal change on and of our planet. This allows for making direct connections with other disciplines and sub-disciplines that you will study through this Joint Honours programme.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Geography offers a wide-array of career opportunities for graduates. As geographers, you will be trained to analyse and provide solutions to a broad range of global challenges, ranging from the environmental, to the economic, political and social. 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. A geographical training promotes the cross-fertilization of ideas, and a strong ability to engage and understand a range of approaches to problem solutions in different professions. 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, foreign affairs, leisure and tourism and overseas development.

Your degree and what you’ll study

The first year Geography course aims to provide a solid grounding in human, physical and environmental geography, focusing on materials that are dealt with in greater depth in later years.

Students take a module in ‘Human Geography: Society and Space’ which aims to provide students with an understanding of the development of the discipline of Geography, its philosophical bases and practices, and to introduce them to a number of the key elements of human geography with which they will deal in greater depth in later years. Topics covered include:

  • The history and philosophy of Geography
  • Processes of global urbanisation
  • Governance, the economy and globalisation

You also take ‘Spaceship Earth: An Introduction to Earth System Science’ which considers the following themes:

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

Students also take ‘The Anthropocene: Constructing the Human Planet’ 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. Topics covered include:

  • The nature of the new geological era known as the Anthropocene
  • Urban sustainability
  • The ethics of environmental degradation and sustainability

In first year, as students study Geography in combination with other subjects, they attend an average of six lectures per module, per week. The second year Geography modules cover issues relating to cultural, economic and historical geography, and to natural and human-modified environmental processes and systems. Research and writing skills are developed further through a course on collection and analysis of geographical data. This involves training in the hands-on methods necessary for carrying out geographical research.


There are two compulsory modules in the third year:

  • Advanced Research Methods in Geography I
  • History and Philosophy of Geography

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

  • Geographic Information: Data and Tools
  • Quaternary Oceans and Climate
  • Globalisation and Geopolitics
  • Deserts of our Solar System
  • Environmental Governance I

For their fourth year, students specialising in Geography undertake a research dissertation and choose from optional modules that include:

  • Understanding Environmental Change
  • Globalisation and African Development
  • Historical Geography I and II
  • Periglacial Geomorphology
  • Environmental Governance II
  • Spatial Analysis Using GIS
  • Stormy Geomorphology
  • Urban Geography: Cities, Space and Culture


A combination of continuous assessment and end-of-semester 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.

Rachel Skelly, Joint Honours Geography Student

“Geography at Trinity is fantastic. It’s a small department with its’ own building, library, and an incredible librarian! There’s so many interesting modules available across physical and human geography; and within those you have the opportunity to focus on the area you’re most passionate about. The lecturers really care about their students and want you to get the most out of your time in the department. Through the Geographical Society I’ve made friends across the years, with postgraduate students and with the lecturers. I honestly can’t recommend geography at Trinity highly enough, it has given me a great understanding of the world and really prepared me for the labour -force”.

Course Details



CAO Points Required

429-565 (2018)

Number of Places


Minimum entry points required are 429-565 (2018)
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