MA Critical Geographies: Crises, Climate & Inequality

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Critical geographies allow us to engage with power relations and inequalities that create contemporary societies, spaces, places, environments and lives. It develops a robust critical analysis of power relations and inequalities that define our contemporary and past worlds, in search of improved futures. Hands on, in the field learning includes a choice of fieldtrips, including a Global South option.  UCD Geography has an impressive range of engaged international experts leading their fields in Radical scholarship, Anarchism, Geopolitics, Global South, Postcolonialism and Decoloniality, Feminism, Queer, Healthcare and Urban studies. Advised by these world leading scholars, who work with you to engage in ways that develop your analytical, intellectual and practical skills, and informed by cutting edge research, you develop both in-depth contemporary critical geographies

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As a bridge between the natural and social sciences, Geography as a discipline is ideally placed to develop flexible and informed global citizens for the workplaces and societies of tomorrow. The popularity of the discipline is due to its relevance to important global, national and local issues such as climate change, inequality, migration, urbanisation and hazard management.

By focusing on the context of environmental, socio-cultural and politico-economic decision-making and their interconnections, geography graduates are well placed to excel in varied careers and contribute effectively to solving some of the most pressing problems of our time.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This Masters is for anyone who has an interest in considering how power and inequalities are created differently in different places, as well as created through the places that they are in. You do not have to have a Geography Degree. Critical geographies offers a distinctive graduate opportunity for activists to engage with and understand how place, environment and landscapes are central to shaping futures.

Entry Requirements

A primary degree with at least GPA 3.08 (2H1) or international equivalent in Geography or a related discipline.

We will also consider applicants with at least a GPA 3.08 (2H1) in a related area that provides appropriate background to the programme. In exceptional circumstances, students who have a GPA 2.48 (2H2) and some relevant work or other experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

Students should achieve the following learning outcomes over the course of the programme

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand theoretical, applied and methodological issues in critical geography
  • Demonstrate advanced conceptual knowledge of critical geographical engagements with contemporary and past worlds
  • Understand the contribution of critical geographical enquiry to the study of power relations and inequalities that create contemporary societies, spaces, places, environments and lives
  • Apply concepts and methodologies developed in the classroom to fieldwork and data.

Applying knowledge and understanding

  • Critically appraise evidence from research papers, everyday life, media and historical sources concerning topics in critical geography
  • Illustrate how critical geographies can be used to comprehend, theorise and seek to contest manifestations of power and inequalities
  • Understand, develop and use a range of methods appropriate to critical geographical enquiry. 

Making judgements

  • Critically engage with the spatial manifestations of power and inequalities across a range of issues
  • Systematically analyse the research literature in a chosen topic as part of a dissertation
  • Decide, under guidance, on appropriate research design and data collection

Communications and working skills

  • Articulate theoretical concepts, current debates and research findings within critical geographies to both specialist and non-specialist audiences in a range of oral and written formats
  • Work effectively with peers in learning, research, and presentation
  • Engage in effective teamworking
  • Develop geographical/spatially analytical lens

Learning skills

  • Develop competence in the collection of source data using research methodologies taught on the programme
  • Engage in independent research and analysis under supervision

This programme offers direct employment prospects including in NGOs, voluntary sector, government, civil service, as well as further academic studies. Beyond this, critical geographies and the intellectual and practical skills developed are designed to enable graduates to understand the world in order to change it.

MA Critical Geographies: Crises, Climate & Inequality (W589) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9100
nonEU    fee per year - € 22600

MA Critical Geographies: Crises, Climate & Inequality (W590) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5460
nonEU    fee per year - € 11300

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on Please note that the costs of travel and subsistence for some fieldwork modules are borne by the student. 

UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD masters programme. Please see or for further information.

This is an outstanding programme that has allowed me to develop key analytical skills, specialise in research areas that I am truly passionate about and diversify my research interests. Thanks to the support and dedication of my professors, I have had the chance to attend compelling lectures and to deepen my understanding of some of the most critical and topical issues facing today's societies. Overall, this Masters degree has allowed me to develop some expertise in areas that I was not familiar with before, and has provided me with many effective tools to start the next chapter of my academic career: a PhD. On a more social level, I have had the chance to meet people from all over the world and to share wonderful moments of laughter and siblinghood. In short, I would highly recommend this fascinating Masters programme to anyone who wants to broaden their horizons and gain valuable research skills.

- Morgane Rudaz, 2021 Alumna

The following entry routes are available:

MA Critical Geographies: Crises, Climate & Inequality FT (W589)
1 Years
Full Time
MA Critical Geographies: Crises, Climate & Inequality PT (W590)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Please be aware that the modules for the part-time route are only available during working hours, from Monday to Friday. This course is not offered in the evenings or online. Instead, it is designed to spread your learning requirements over two years, which is ideal for those who are currently employed and can only attend campus for one day per week. If you are worried about managing your work and study commitments, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.