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Entry Route

Bachelor of Arts (In conjunction with Mary Immaculate College) - LM002

Course Details

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
4 Years
Course leader:
Dr. Michael Griffin
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213170



Tel: 00 353 61 202015
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Available from our partner institution, Mary Immaculate College. Geography can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with Geography by looking at the table at the end of this section.

Why Study Geography?

Geography is concerned with both the natural and the cultural environments created on the earth’s surface and with the inter-relationships between them. It has links with a wide range of other disciplines, and provides a framework for understanding the increasingly complex and interdependent world in which we live. The Geography programme includes modules in both physical and human geography. In physical geography we aim to provide students with a sound understanding of the processes at work in the natural world, and of environmental changes in both past and present times. The human geography programme deals with issues and problems that range in scale from the global to the local, including globalisation and its geographical impacts, geo- political conflict, economic restructuring and dislocation, urbanisation, and the challenges of sustainable development. Because it is inherently interdisciplinary, Geography helps to develop a wide range of talents. It fosters an ability to synthesise diverse bodies of knowledge, and to think critically about complex processes. In addition, students taking Geography acquire specialist skills in the numerical and graphical analysis of information, including computer data analysis and mapping, which are increasingly in demand in our knowledge economy. Besides formal lectures, students learn through tutorials, seminars, group / team work, laboratory work, field work and project compilation. Students wishing to be registered with the Teaching Council as post-primary geography teachers are advised to discuss module selection with their academic advisor.

Geography Joint Honours Pathway

Modules are subject to change.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
GY4741 The Dynamic Earth GY4742 Processes and Patterns in Human Geography
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4
  Students select 2:   Cooperative Education Placement
GY4703 Evolution of the Irish and British Landscapes    
GY4733 Political Geography: Geopolitics and Governance    
GY4743 Economic Geography: Globalisation and uneven development    
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  External Academic Placement GY4704 Geographical Research Methods and Mapping
      Students select 1:
    GY4744 Biogeography
    GY4754 Reading the Irish Cultural Landscape
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8
  Students select 2:   Students select 2:
GY4707 Reconstructing Past Environments GY4708 Global Environmental Change
GY4737 Sustainable Regional and Territorial Development GY4758 Geography of the Developing World
GY4747 Tourism and Heritage Management GY4767 Marine Geography
    GY4768 Urbanisation, Urban Geography and Planning


Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also Ð for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Geography graduates find work in a wide range of careers including:

  • Urban Planning
  • Teaching (Professional Master of Education required)
  • Tourism
  • Heritage organisations)
  • Civil service
  • Regional and local community development
  • Academic research

Follow-On Study:

  • MA /PhD Research