Key Info

Geography

NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry route(s):

Course code
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry) | LM019 - BSc in Social Sciences (Common Entry)
Duration
4 Years
Subject area
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Director
Professor Ross Macmillan (LM019) or Dr Niall Keegan (LM002)
Email
arts@ul.ie
Admissions:
Tel
+353 (0)61 233755

Geography can be taken on both LM002 Bachelor of Arts & LM019 Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences. Subject combinations and 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 plannin 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 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 an educator.  

Why study Geography at UL?

Globalisation, geopolitics, population change, and sustainability are amongst the greatest challenges confronting society in the twenty-first century. Selecting Geography as a subject within the BA Arts or BSc Social Science programmes 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. In your first year you will begin by exploring the key concepts and processes in geography before progressing to more advanced study of earth science and society, natural hazards, environmental issues, sustainability, population, migration, cultural and historical geography, and methods for geographical research. The modules are taught through a mix of lectures, tutorials, labs and fieldwork each of which will help you to develop the skills necessary to think critically about how and why our physical world shapes human interactions, and vice versa. In your second and third years you will also have the opportunity to work outside of UL on the co-operative education placement programme and study geography abroad at one of our partner institutions. In your final year, you will have the freedom to devise and carry out your own piece of research, either as an individual or in a small group, on a variety of specialist topics. 

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
GY4051 Earth, Science and Society   Cooperative Education Work Placement
  Population Dynamics    
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  Erasmus/Exchange placement with a partner institution abroad   Students select 2:
    GY4006 Practicing Geographical Research
    GY4027 Landscape Evolution
    GY4012 Migration, Mobility and Place
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8
GY4787 Natural Hazards GY4028 Environmental Issues
GY4037 A Sustainable World? GY4038 Cultural and Historical Geography

 

Entry requirements

Additional considerations

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.

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply

Fees and funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student 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 pays Tuition Fees €2,558
SUSI pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100
€5,658

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

HEA pays Tuition Fees €2,558
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100
€5,658

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student pays Tuition Fees €2,558
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Levy €100
€5,658

Non-EU Students

Student pays Tuition Fees €15,262
Student pays Student Levy €100
€15,362

Student course fees are comprised of the following 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 https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The current student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Levy of €100. Please note the Student 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 -

  • Free Fee Status: You satisfy all three categories (1, 2 and 3) and therefore are eligible for the Higher Education Authority’s Free Fees scheme.
  • EU Fee Status: You satisfy the citizenship and/or residency criteria but fail to satisfy the course requirements and are liable to EU fees
  • Non EU Fee Status: You do not meet either the citizenship or residency criteria and are therefore liable to Non EU fees.

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

These scholarships are available for all courses

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
  • Non-governmental Organisations (NGO) 
  • Regional and local community development
  • Academic research

Follow-On Study:

  • MA /PhD Research

Student Profile

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Marc Moser, Bachelor of Arts

Marc Moser, Bachelor of Arts  

I looked at universities for years, trying to find the best fit for what I wanted to do and what I wanted to experience. For most of that time, I looked exclusively in the United States, which is where I am from. However, I could not find a school that would give me an education quite like the University of Limerick. Within the Bachelor of Arts program, I am required to not only study abroad and experience life in a different university, but I am also required to participate in a six-month work internship. Both the study abroad and the work internship provides me with an opportunity that I would struggle to obtain in any other university. 

Within my course itself, the Bachelor of Arts, I was afforded a large amount of flexibility in choosing my subjects which helped me discover my love for both Geography and Politics. I chose Geography due to the growing importance of environmental protection and sustainable development, as well as attempting to understand our role in improving our relationship with the Earth’s systems. In order to achieve these things, the UL Geography department teaches students to use different software that is being used to make important decisions regarding environmental policies, infrastructure design, and more.  

Another benefit of studying the Bachelor of Arts at UL is that all students are given the opportunity to study two subjects. I took full advantage of the opportunity, which I recommend all prospective students to do, and picked Politics as my second choice. The Politics course at UL has a plethora of different pathways and modules, for me, my studies involve in depth studies about the relationships between international governments and the effectiveness of those governments. Combining this with my Geography course will give me the ability to understand how governments can enact far reaching environmental policies. 

Choosing to study at UL is a decision I have yet to regret, and one that I probably will never regret. If you are interested in how the Earth operates and in how humanity operates, I fully recommend taking on this program.