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MA GEOGRAPHY

Qualification : MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHN61

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Closing Date : 31 July 2020

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The MA in Geography is an innovative and flexible degree programme. It offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of human geography while also significantly enhancing their skills. It is available on both a full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) basis.

The MA in Geography offers a wide-ranging programme of taught modules. Compulsory modules develop competencies in human geographic thought and field methods; optional methodological modules develop skills in analysis, research and public engagement; and optional specialist modules provide the opportunity for research-led teaching and learning on a range of topics, from urban geography, digital geographies, sexuality and space, place and politics, landscape and health, electoral politics, migration, bodies and environments, spatial justice, among others (optional modules in Geography rotate every two years). Students can also take up to two elective modules in Anthropology, Media Studies and Sociology. The MA in Geography also includes an independent research thesis, to be submitted in August-September. Overall, the programme is designed to nurture independent and critical thinking from a human geography perspective.

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We accept a degree in Geography or cognate discipline with a Second Class Honours, Grade One (2.1) or above. In special circumstances we may accept a Second Class Honours, Grade Two (2.2) upper. We also ask for a personal statement, to include a brief description of any aspects of your work or other experience which you feel are relevant to the programme and how you hope the programme will benefit your practice in these areas.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

See more at: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/geography/our-courses

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

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Geography - Ronan Foley - Maynooth University

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The MA in Geography offers a wide-ranging programme of taught modules, delivered through lectures, seminars, fieldwork, practicals and placement, with an emphasis on research-led and research-informed teaching and learning.

 

Degree structure (90 credits):

Compulsory modules (50 credits)
GY607 Field School (10 credits)

GY608 Thinking Geographically (10 credits)

GY609 Thesis (30 credits)

 

Indicative Optional Modules (can select from 20 to 40 credits):

GY619 Public Engagement (10 credits)

GY620A Research Methods in Geography (10 credits)

GY625 Spaces of Algoritmic Governance

GY629 Spatial Justice: Geographies of Social & Environmental Change (10 credits)
 

Electives (can select from 10 to 20 credits)

AN647 Foundations of Medical Anthropology (5 credits)

AN648 Foundations of Anthropology and Development (5 credits)

AN622G Winter School of Ethnography (5 credits, instructor approval)

MD624 Irish Media History (10 credits)

MD632 Media Publics (10 credits)

SO617 Quantitative Analysis (10 credits)

SO620A Qualitative Analysis (10 credits)

Course Duration: 2 years Part-time

Our graduates acquire valuable research, analytical and critical, spatial thinking, ethical and professional skills. The skills learned allow our graduates to find employment in various fields, such as: administration; education; services; creative industries; and working with NGOs and local government authorities. A number of our graduates go on to pursue a PhD.

One student said she ‘would never have gotten to this stage without the [M]asters’ because the high academic standards ‘helped me to define what I’m interested in’. Another student stated that ‘My MA in Geography has allowed me to expand my knowledge of working with vulnerable groups, census data and overall aspects of Human Geography’. Our graduates note that the professional research training in the MA ‘helped me demonstrate a varied skill set when interviewing for employment’ (data engineer). Another graduate stated that the research thesis and transferrable skills from the MA were the reason she landed a senior position ‘dream’ job in local government. Three students who went on to receive fully-funded competitive PhD fellowships acknowledged that the MA provided the skills and accomplishments leading to doctoral research: ‘This is especially true about my funding which I couldn’t continue without’.

Online application only www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MHN61

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

All applicants should provide a short personal statement (around 500 words). Your personal statement should include a brief description of any aspects of your work or other experience which you feel are relevant to the programme and how you hope the programme will benefit your practice in these areas.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

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