The PhD degree is research degree, awarded on the basis of a research thesis. Thesis presentation is supported by a number of taught mandatory Graduate Education modules (GREPs).
Research applications are generally accepted at any time
September (or other agreed time)
Normally an upper second or first class honours degree in Geography or a cognate subject. PhD applicants should also have a Masters degree in Geography or a cognate subject.
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university first degree level.
Minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
- TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
- TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
- PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850
Research for a PhD in Geography may be undertaken in any area of Geography that comes within the expertise of departmental staff. Applicants should identify and make contact with potential supervisors for their research project prior to submitting an application. Current broad research areas include Society and Space, Environment and Climate Change, and GIS and Remote Sensing.
Social theory and contemporary human geography, diasporas, geographies of religion, geographies of regeneration.
Anastomosing river channels in the Irish Midlands, meandering cave streamways, impacts of climate change on water resources and flood hazard in Ireland.
Climate analysis and modelling (statistical/dynamical modelling); Uncertainty analysis; Urban climates (monitoring, observation and modelling); Climate and glaciers.
Health Geographies, GIS, Informal Carers, Therapeutic Landscapes, Spatial Data, Cultural Geography.
South Africa, Uganda, Ireland, Development, Land reform, Rural studies, New Media, Music.
Geomorphology, Remote Sensing, Environmental Geophysics.
Political, cultural and social geography, migration, history and philosophy of geographic thought.
Electoral Geography and Irish elections (voter turnout, friends and neighbours voting, electoral boundaries); Politics and geography in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Geopolitics, Historical Geography, AIDS, Irish identities and cultures.
Urban regeneration and planning; Property development processes; Gentrification, housing policy and community change.
GIS and Quaternary glacial geology, palaeoenvironmental analysis.
Climate Change ,Water Resources/Catchment Hydrology. Adaptation to Climate Change, Environmental Modelling, Decision making and uncertainty.
Cultural, historical, and urban geography; Place making, art and social memory; Wounded Cities; Ethnographic Research Methods.
Chris Van Egeraat
Industrial Development; Regional Development; Multinational enterprises; Industrial clusters; Manufacturing and innovation networks.
Learning and teaching, primarily in geography, but also more widely; the use of collaborative learning and other innovative pedagogy.
Agriculture and Population Geography; Local and Regional Development; Western Europe Development Studies.
Social geography, cartography, software, contemporary Ireland.
The PhD degrees are awarded on the basis of a research thesis. From 2013, the PhD research thesis may be presented in one of two formats: either as a complete manuscript or as a collection of published work framed by an introduction and conclusion. To support the completion of the research thesis, all PhD students are required to participate in a Graduate Education Programme (GREP). Students take a variety of taught and other modules to enhance their substantive knowledge and their professional development, in a programme of study that is designed to suit a student's individual needs. PhD students are generally required to complete 25 credits of taught modules in Years 1 and 2, and 10 credits in Year 3. There may be exemptions for appropriate prior learning.
Online application only www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
MHN02 PhD Full-time
MHN03 PhD Part-time
The following information 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.