College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Geography and Archaeology

Course overview

The discipline of Geography offers supervision in a wide range of research fields spanning both physical and human geography. Admission to a research degree is at the discretion of the research committee of the department, and is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the member of staff whose academic area of interest is most appropriate.

Programmes available

MLitt (Geography), full-time
MLitt (Geography), part-time

Entry requirements

Candidates should have obtained an honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in Geography. 

Areas of interest

We offer fully supervised and well-resourced MLitt degree programmes located within a vibrant community of academic staff and research students. The calibre of our staff and facilities ensures the highest international levels of support for critical, theoretically innovative research. We provide purpose-designed student workspaces, state-of-the-art laboratories, field equipment and computing facilities. We have strong, multi-disciplinary linkages within the University, and with external national and international organisations.

Our expert research clusters include:

Environmental Change
• Climate change
• Coastal management
• Aeolian sediment transport
• Palaeoclimatology and palaeolimnology
• Dendroecology
• Natural hazards
• GIS and remote sensing

Geopolitics and Governmentality
• Interventionism and development
• Geopolitics, political economy and securitization
• Risk and governmentality
• Environmental justice, postcolonialism and resistance

Planning and Sustainability
• Environmental planning and governance
• Sustainable development and political ecology
• Urban and regional planning
• Cities, technology and creative industries

Rural Studies
• Rural, regional and local development
• Globalisation and rural areas
• Agricultural restructuring
• Population, migration and settlement
• Heritage and tourism

Find out more

PAC code

MLitt (full-time) GYB22
MLitt (part-time) GYB23

Current project

DERREG—Developing Europe's Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization: Link to DERREG information

CONSumption, ENvironment and SUStainability in Ireland:

ANCORIM—Atlantic Network for Coastal Risk Management:
Link to ANCORIM information

Fees for this course

EU: €4,275 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of levy

Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

Ph.D. EU Full time programme:  €4,275 p.a.

Ph.D. EU Part time programme:  €2,250 p.a.

Current Students

Mary Jo Lavelle final image

Mary Jo Lavelle

PhD in Geography 2009 - present

‘Undertaking a Ph.D. in Geography at NUI, Galway has been an extremely positive and enriching experience.
Under the guidance and direction of my supervisor, I have developed and enhanced a broad range of independent
research skills and academic competencies. Conducting research in Geography, with its highly supportive academic learning environment and dedicated postgraduate workspaces, has also provided me with numerous exciting opportunities to present my research at international conferences and colloquiums, as well as giving me the opportunity to teach. I would highly recommend a postgraduate research position in Geography for any student  aspiring to gain essential skills and competencies for copious career prospects’.

How to Apply