Geography: Geography and Geoscience
B.A. (Moderatorship) ; 4 years full-time ; CAO code: TR062
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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 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 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 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 two years of the course provide a grounding in Geography with particular emphasis on physical geography, human-environment interactions and geoscience. You will take the core first year modules ‘Spaceship Earth: An Introduction to Earth System Science’, ‘Geology: A Beginner’s Guide to Planet Earth’, and ‘The Anthropocene: Constructing the Human Planet’, in addition to foundation modules in mathematics, statistics and computation. In addition, you will have the opportunity to tailor your experience by selecting optional modules drawn from among the chemical, physical and biological sciences, and human geography.
In third and fourth year you will deepen your knowledge in particular subject areas, whilst further developing your portfolio of practical and technical skills. The programme structure allows considerable flexibility in module choice whilst retaining coherent curriculum design to ensure graduates are prepared for entry to the constantly changing job market. Topics covered during the third and fourth year include climate and environmental change, geomorphology, environmental governance, globalisation and development. In the fourth year, you will complete a significant piece of independent Capstone research on your chosen specialism.
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A combination of continuous assessment and end-of-term examination is used.
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.
Joanna Tottenham, Fourth Year, Earth Science student
“During my undergraduate degree in geoscience at Trinity I was taught by lecturers who are leaders in their respective fields. They are always approachable and available to aid you with any questions you might have. I loved the strong sense of community spirit amongst the geoscience students, postgrads and the faculty alike. The class sizes are small so you get to know everyone in you class really fast which makes for a friendly atmosphere. The highlights for me were our class field trips where we spent our days applying our theoretical knowledge from the classroom in beautiful locations across Greece, Sicily and Ireland, and spent the evenings with friends and lecturers enjoying the social aspects of different cultures”.