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Geography (JH)

B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; 45 places ; CAO points: 331-531 (2019)

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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.

Do you enjoy…

Learning to understand the way that global environmental change will alter our future?

Finding out about the developing world and geopolitics?

Analysing landscapes and landscape development over time?

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 blogposts as part of their assessed work.

Geography at 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 Honors 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. 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.

What our current students say

Rachel Skelly

“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.”

What our graduates say

Sarah McDonagh

“It might be cheesy to say that ‘geography rocks’ but it’s true! Studying Geography at 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

Geography is studied as a Joint Honours subject with one of the following options:

Course Details


B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

CAO Points Required

331-531 (2019)

Number of Places


Minimum entry points required are 331-531 (2019)
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Admission Requirements

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Course Fees

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Get In Touch

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 1576