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NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr James Carr
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 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 central to how we understand the world we inhabit. In an increasingly globalised world, understanding how individuals and groups interact with their physical environments is critical to planning more sustainable societies. The challenges and opportunities of urbanisation, economic growth, migration, and environmental degradation will be examined along with one the most critical issues facing our time: the rapid and extreme changes in our climate. Climate change impacts physical and social space in the shorter- and longer-terms, manifesting in localised immediate community initiatives (planning and development) as well as concerns that span generations.

Studying geography will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle and plan for the future needs of society. Through lectures, tutorials, lab work and field trips, you will be equipped to identify, analyse and explain complex human and natural phenomena in a succinct and clear manner. You will learn to work as members of a team, as well as working independently, all the while developing your critical thinking skills.

About you

You are interested in critical global, national and local issues such as climate change, inequality, migration, physical degradation and natural resource management. You want to make sense of our highly complex world and become an informed citizen. You want to learn IT; field and laboratory techniques that are highly valued by employers, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS).You want to pass your knowledge on to future generations either by informing public policy debates and/or as a secondary school teacher.

Why study Geography at UL?

Globalisation, geopolitics, population change, and sustainability are amongst the largest challenges confronting society in the twenty-first century. Selecting Geography as a subject within the BA Arts degree in UL enables you to understand these issues and the ways in which they shape the world. At UL you will develop expert knowledge and skills to interrogate the range of different approaches to, and perspectives on these issues, as well as the ability to understand how they interact.

What you will study

Geography at UL consists of modules in both human and physical geography. The modules are taught through lectures, tutorials (small group teaching), lab- and fieldwork. Within each module you will learn to think critically, analysing how and why our natural and physical world shapes our human interactions. You will acquire a special way of thinking ‘spatially’, with space and place at the forefront of your analysis, and learn a range of skills which appeal to employers. You will obtain an understanding of contemporary patterns of urban growth and development. In your second and third years, you will have an opportunity to work outside the University on co-operative education and study geography abroad in one of our partner institutions. In your final year, you will have a range of options to study an aspect of geography in more detail as part of an individual or group project.

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 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