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
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

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

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

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

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information


EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Dr. Aaron Potito
T 353 (0)91 49 3936

What Our Students Say


Mary Jo Lavelle |   PhD in Geography

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.