The MA in Geography is an innovative and flexible degree programme. It offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of human geography while also significantly enhancing their skills. It is available on both a full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) basis.
The MA in Geography offers a wide-ranging programme of taught modules. Core modules develop competencies in human geographic thought and field methods; methodological modules develop skills in analysis, research and public engagement; and specialist modules provide the opportunity for research-led teaching and learning in areas such as 'Art, Culture and Environment' and 'Cities, Politics and Globalisation'. The MA in Geography also includes an independent research thesis, to be submitted in July. Overall, the programme is designed to nurture independent and critical thinking from a human geography perspective.
The MA in Geography offers a wide-ranging programme of taught modules, delivered through lectures, seminars, fieldwork, practicals and placement, with an emphasis on research-led and research-informed teaching and learning.
Degree structure (90 credits, taken over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time)
Methods (20 credits): choose any 2 - GY610 Mapping, GIS and Critical Spatial Data (10 credits) - GY619 Public engagement (10 credits) - NIR621 Quantitative analysis (10 credits) - SO620 Qualitative analysis (10 credits)
Specialist (20 credits): choose any 2 - *GY620 A World of Cities (10 credits) - *GY621 Dublin Urban Laboratory (10 credits) - *GY622 Globalisation and Social Movements (10 credits) - **GY626 Bodies and Environment (10 credits) - **GY627 Places, landscapes, mappings (10 credits) - **GY628 Landscape and healing (10 credits)
Specialist streams: * Cities, Politics and Globalisation ** Art, Culture and Environment
Graduates of the MA in Geography will have the knowledge, skills and competence to research and analyse contemporary issues and problems from a human geography perspective. Some will find employment in research, public policy, civil society, artistic and curatorial practice, heritage practice, urban or global development, or advocacy roles; while others develop the skills to create employment in these or other areas. The MA in Geography also provides an excellent platform for those interested in progressing to PhD studies.
The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.
All applicants should provide a short personal statement (around 500 words). Your personal statement should include a brief description of any aspects of your work or other experience which you feel are relevant to the programme and how you hope the programme will benefit your practice in these areas.
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.