What is Geography?
Geography is a discipline inherently suited to addressing current and future societal challenges. It asks questions about how and why human, physical, and environmental phenomena vary across space and time. Geography is intrinsically interdisciplinary and, 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?
Today, geographical knowledge and experience are more important than ever, helping us to understand a dynamic and rapidly changing world. Our staff are world leaders in their chosen field and bring that expertise to their teaching. You will get to study in the classroom and the field, and undertake independent research in Ireland, overseas and even on Mars!
Geography at Trinity
Trinity is a hub of intensive and extensive geographical scholarship in Ireland. We teach and research across the subject, from coastal modelling and environmental change to development theory and urbanisation. Trinity geographers provide expert advice to governments and non-government institutions alike, on issues such as climate change, the economy, social inequality, health and wellbeing.
Graduate skills and career opportunities
Geographers are trained to analyse and provide solutions to diverse global challenges, ranging from the environmental and the urban, to the economic, political and social. This combination of subject specific (such as GIS, remote sensing, and modelling) and transferable skills (such as teamwork and problem solving) make geography graduates highly valued in today’s job market, where adaptability and flexibility are widely regarded as assets.
Careers taken up by graduating geography students include urban and regional planning, environmental consultancy, research and teaching, financial services, foreign affairs, leisure, tourism and overseas development.
Your degree and what you’ll study
First and second years
The first two years provide a solid grounding in geography. You will take core modules covering physical and human geography, geology and environmental processes, along with foundation modules in mathematics, statistics and computation. You will tailor your experience by selecting optional modules drawn from among the chemical, physical and biological sciences, and human geography.
Third and fourth years
In third and fourth year you will deepen your knowledge in particular aspects of geography, whilst further developing your portfolio of practical and technical skills. You will take part in a residential field course and learn techniques and skills that can lay the foundations for carrying out an individual research project (dissertation). Topics covered during third and fourth years include climate and environmental change, geomorphology, environmental governance, urban geography, globalisation and development, GIS and remote sensing.
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There are QQI/FET routes available for this course. Please see www.cao.ie for details.
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. Further information on study abroad opportunities can be found at: www.tcd.ie/study/study-abroad/outbound/options
Applicants to the Dual BA Programme must apply by 2nd January 2024 for September 2024 entry. The admissions process includes a review of the applicant’s academic history, letters of recommendation, an essay, and an interview conducted in English. Standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) can be submitted but are not required for 2024 entry. Applications are reviewed by a joint committee with representatives from both Institutions. EU applicants to the Dual BA Programme must also apply to and receive an offer from their chosen programme at Trinity through the Central Applications Office (CAO)
Study Geography and Geoscience at Trinity
This is a presentation by Dr. Robin Edwards giving an outline of the Geography and Geoscience stream in Trinity College Dublin.
AwardsB.A. (Moderatorship) Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)
CAO InformationCAO Points 485 (2023) CAO Code TR062
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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.
Geography at Trinity is fantastic. It’s a small department with its own building, library, and an incredible librarian! There are 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 with postgraduate students and 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.