Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2019: 389
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Hounours
CAO Points Range 2019: 336
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 420

Leaving Certificate:

DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

DN520 – English, Irish, a third Language, Three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

Geography is the only discipline that combines the study of both the natural and social worlds, and their interaction, and is key to solving global problems such as climate change, poverty, migration, urbanisation and environmental management. Do you want to make sense of this highly complex world and become an informed global citizen? Do you want to learn IT, field and laboratory techniques highly valued by employers such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS)?

By studying Geography in UCD, you will understand the context in which environmental, socio-cultural and politicoeconomic decision-making takes place and develop skills that prepare you for the workplaces and societies of tomorrow.


Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Our graduates have found employment as:

  • Geography researchers and policy analysts with Teagasc, ESRI, NGOs and government departments.
  • GIS specialists working, for example, with the Local Government Management Agency.
  • Planners in both local government and private sector consultancies.
  • Educators at primary and second level, as well as in high-profile national and international universities.
  • In other varied organisations such as Google, Habitat for Humanity, Deloitte and property consultancies.

Many Geography graduates continue with further study of their discipline or proceed directly to Master’s degrees in social sciences, law, or business.

What Will I Study

First Year

Topics include:

  • Geography Matters
  • Mapping a Sustainable World
  • Dynamic Earth
  • People, Places and Regions
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus Elective module

Second Year

Topics include:

  • Introduction to GIS for the Social Sciences
  • Field Studies in Ireland
  • Global Historical Geographies
  • Rivers, Estuaries and Coasts
  • Weather, Climate and Climate Change
  • Quaternary Environmental Change
  • Political Geography
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus Elective modules

Third Year

Topics include:

  • Projects in GIS
  • Social/Population Geography
  • UCD Geography in the Community
  • Overseas field trip
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Development Geographies
  • The Quaternary of Ireland
  • Development of Dublin
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus Elective modules

BSc Geography students may apply in their Third Year to do an internship or study abroad. Students studying Geography with Chinese will study abroad for their third year.

Fourth Year

BSc Geography students may choose from a range of specialist topics and undertake intensive research skills, including completing a substantial research project. These include:

  • Planetary Geomorphology
  • The Urban Environment
  • Historical Geography of Ireland in the Nineteenth Century
  • River Catchment Management
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Techniques and Fieldwork in Physical Geography
  • Political Geography of EU Integration

For detailed information on subject content click here.

International Study Opportunities

International opportunities have included exchanges to:

  • Cologne, Germany
  • Grenoble, France
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Pisa, Italy
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • USA


“I had initially chosen geography as my option subject in first year but ended up falling in love with the diversity of modules geography had to offer. Each module was very interesting and covered a wide range of topics and issues. UCD school of geography staff have always been so helpful and approachable, helping every step of the way from simple questions in class to assessments. Studying geography at UCD has opened many doors for future study and career opportunities.”

Naoise O’Connor, Student

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