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NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Routes: Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences - LM019

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry) | LM019 - BSc in Social Sciences (Common Entry)
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr. Chris McInerney (LM002) Prof. Ross Macmillan (LM019)
Email: Tel:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

Geography can be taken on both LM002 Bachelor of Arts & LM019 Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences. Subject combinations & course structures can be reviewed on the appropriate programme page.

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.

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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.

Modules are offered on both Bachelor of Arts (LM002) and BSc. Social Sciences (LM019) - Both are subject to change.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
GY4001 Introduction to Human Geography GY4002 Introduction to Physical Geography
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4
  Landscapes and Environment   Cooperative Education Placement
  Population Dynamics    
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  External Academic Placement   Students select 2:
      Practicing Geographical Research
      The Living Earth
      Geographies of Development
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8
  Landscape Evolution   Environmental Issues
  A Sustainable World?   Cultural and Historical Geography


Entry requirements

Entry requirements are dependent on your programme of choice. Please click your preferred programme below:

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 both LM002 and LM019. More information on the UL Admissions QQI page including a full list of modules.

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.


Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€12,178
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
The Noel Ryan Scholarship
€2,000 per year for 4 years
1 per year

Your future career

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