The School of Geography and Archaeology offers BA, Diploma, MA, MSc, MLitt and PhD programmes; experiential and field-based learning  is a central component of all programmes.  It is a research intensive School with highly dedicated staff and a student-centred ethos.

We have built a strong reputation for excellence in research and teaching, with productive national and international collaborative networks. Our research strengths have been recognised through successes in securing competitive funding, including EU Framework 7, Marie Curie, INTERREG, EPA, Royal Irish Academy and IRC funded projects.

The School of Geography and Archaeology encompasses a broad range of research interests, and much of our research emerges through our key research clusters: Archaeology of Ireland and Atlantic Europe, Environmental Change , Geopolitics and Justice, Planning and Sustainability, Rural Studies and the Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit. Our members are active contributors to interdisciplinary research institutes across campus, including the Moore Institute, Ryan Institute and Whitaker Institute

Community and civic engagement at the local, national and international levels is central to our School ethos. Engagement through community participation and partnerships, research collaborations and community outreach activities, extends our impacts beyond the university.  


The School of Geography and Archaeology has an enrolment of over 1200 undergraduate students.   Our students acquire a wide range of analytical, technical and communication skills that are valuable and highly sought after by many sectors of employment. Experiential and field-based learning are central to our undergraduate programme, as exemplified in our commitment to undergraduate dissertation projects and module-specific field and laboratory training.

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The School of Geography and Archaeology maintains a strong commitment to postgraduate research, with our PhD programme acting as a core component of our internationally renowned research.  We offer four popular taught Masters programmes – MA in Environment Society and Development, MA in Landscape Archaeology, MA in Rural Sustainability and MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments – and a Higher Diploma in Archaeology.

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International Students

The School of Geography and Archaeology’s programmes have gained an international reputation, and students have joined our School from China, Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Malawi, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Sri Lanka, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam.  Our PhD and taught postgraduate programmes, as well as our field-based undergraduate modules, have been particularly popular with international students.   

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