UCC Postgraduate courses

Geography: Cities, Space and Culture

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Geography: Cities, Space and Culture

  • Code

    CKD45 Full-time; CKD46 Part-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2020

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2020


  • Entry Requirements

    Students should possess an honours primary degree to 2H1 or equivalent in one of the following disciplines: Geography, Sociology, Urban Planning, Architecture, Archaeology, Politics, Literature & Languages, Music, Anthropology, Folklore, History, Heritage Studies. Candidates who hold a 2H2 level may also be considered. See Requirements for full details.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Not on offer 2020/2021

  • Start Date

    To be confirmed, not on offer 2020/2021

Course Outline

This is a new one-year taught Masters degree starting in September 2015 on both a full-time and part-time basis at University College Cork. The aim is to provide a broad academic and professional training in urban, social and cultural geography. The programme will offer an interdisciplinary lens through which to explore a diverse range of contemporary urban, social and cultural issues, such as: urban policy and innovation; the creative economy; difference and divisions; politics and identity; culture, heritage and the built environment; gender and sexuality; technology and social media; and, everyday practice and experience in the city. The programme is student-focussed and research-led.

PART I (50 credits)

Core Modules: 40 credits

  • GG 6519 Conceptualising Society, Space and the City (15 Credits)
  • GG 6520 Research Strategies & Practice in Geography (10 credits)
  • GG 6521 Critical Approaches to Urbanism & Culture (15 credits)

Postgraduate ModulesElective Modules: 10 credits maximum

  • AT6011 Design Research: Culture & Context (5 Credits)
  • AS5307 East Asia: History, Geo-politics and Political Economy (10 Credits)
  • AS6111 Contemporary Korean Society (10 Credits)
  • CH6104 Creative Industries in China (10 Credits)
  • EN6050 Space and Place in Irish Writing and Film (10 Credits)
  • GG6403 Case Studies in migration and Diaspora Studies (10 Credits)
  • GG6503 Cartography and Visualisation (5 Credits)
  • GG6522 Digital Geographies (5 Credits)
  • IT6214 City, Region and Nation (10 Credits)
  • PD6110 Introduction to Planning and Sustainable Development (5 Credits)
  • PD6116 Urban and Metropolitan Spatial Planning (5 Credits)
  • LL6016 Mediterranean Cultures: Encounters (10 Credits)
  • SC6638 Rethinking Borders: Global Challenges to Social Justice (10 Credits)
  • SS5026 Sexuality and Society ( 5 Credits)

Undergraduate Modules (all 5 credit modules)

  • AT3008 Urbs & Civitas Undergraduate Modules (all 5 credit modules)
  • AT3004 Landscape Theory & Design
  • EC3138 The Role of Place for Innovation
  • EC3147 Economic Growth and Competitiveness
  • FL3001 Exploring Material Culture and Folklore
  • FL3011 The Ethnographic Interview: An Introduction
  • GG3010 Global Urbanism
  • GG3027 Regional and Local Planning Issues and Policies
  • GG3037 Geography of Heritage
  • GG3038 Geographies of the Irish Diaspora
  • GG3043 Historical Geographies of the City
  • GG3046 Geopolitics and Geostrategies
  • GG3048 Environmental Economic Geography
  • GG3049 Historical Geographies of Ireland
  • GR3028 Greek Art and Architecture
  • HS3054 Gender, Violence and Power on the US-Mexico Border
  • HS3058 Latin American Human Rights in a Historical and Cultural Context
  • HS3023 Catalan Cultural Studies
  • LL3002 Travel Writing
  • SC3036 Living Spaces: Social Construction of Habitat
  • SC3029 Sociology of the Environment
  • SS3005 Housing and Homelessness
  • SS3008 Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • SS3009 Communities, Activism and Development

PART II (40 credits)

  • GG 6523 Dissertation (40 credits): Students will write a 15,000-word research dissertation on an approved topic of their choice relevant to the MA.

Candidates who pass at least 30 credits of taught modules may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Geography: Cities, Space and Culture.


The part-time MA Geography: Cities, Space and Culture runs over two calendar years (24 months).  Students take core modules to the value of 40 credits in Part One (running across Semesters One and Two of Year One). In Part Two students take elective module(s) to the value of 10 credits and a research dissertation (40 credits), which is submitted at the end of the summer in Year Two.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

Lectures will take place from September to March. Students will attend a mixture of seminars, lectures, tutorials during the programme. There will be approximately 6 hours of lectures/seminars per week, which will take place primarily on a Monday to allow a greater flexibility to students taking this programme. This in-built flexibility will also facilitate the research intensive, inquiry-led components of this programme to offer greater time and freedom for research activities during the week. Most weeks, students will have around 15 -18 hours of reading to do before the respective classes.

Student work is marked via a mixture of continuous assessment, including essays, reports, presentations, online projects, field reports and a research dissertation (15,000 word thesis).

Staff from the Department of Geography, including:

Dr John Crowley

Dr Therese Kenna

Dr Denis Linehan

Dr Piaras Mac Éinrí

Mr Ray O’Connor

Dr Colin Sage

Why Choose This Course

The rapid changes to our economies, culture and cities will present us with our greatest challenges and opportunities in the coming decades. This degree equips graduates to thrive in this environment. It develops unique insights into the major transformations in urban life, and provides students with the analytical skills and competencies to devise innovative perspectives and creative solutions. This degree represents a unique offering for postgraduate study in urban, social and cultural geography. This MA offers access to modules across an extensive interdisciplinary platform, addressing concerns in Architecture, Film Studies, Asian and Hispanic Studies, Travel Writing, Heritage, Social Policy, Town Planning and GIS, in addition to other social science and humanities courses. It is the only offering of its kind in Ireland. The programme builds on a strong research cluster in the Department of Geography at UCC that focusses on the social and cultural geography of cities. Students will participate in an engaging, contemporary, research-led MA programme. The staff involved with the programme promote a student-focused teaching and learning experience. We aim to produce confident and polished graduates with the flexibility and creativity to find success in the next phases of their careers. 

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates will be able to apply a critical awareness to a range of social and cultural issues in contemporary society, which are highly relevant to a diverse range of employment fields in the public and private sectors, educational roles and non-governmental organisations. Graduates of this programme will have advanced competency in a range of transferrable skills that are a core component of this MA, such as report writing, policy analysis, oral presentations, digital and technological literacy, project management skills, and organisational and time management.

Graduates of this programme will find employment in the following areas:

  • Careers in consultancy: opportunities in social science research, managing solutions and innovations;
  • Private and public sector positions working on urban, cultural and community development issues in the heritage and environmental areas;
  • Diverse careers in the national and international NGO sector;
  • Graduate entry positions in the creative industries: online business, the arts, advertising, publishing and media;

This MA increases opportunities for entry into funded international PhD programmes.


Students should possess a primary degree to second honours level grade 1 or equivalent from a recognised third-level institution, in one of the following disciplines: Geography, Sociology, Urban Planning, Architecture, Archaeology, Politics, Literature & Languages, Music, Anthropology, Folklore, History, Heritage Studies. Candidates who hold a 2.2 level may also be considered, based on the information provided in a supplementary statement and interview acceptable to the Department selection committee. Applications will also be considered from graduates in other disciplines who have a demonstrable interest 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,000.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €13,000.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 


For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKD45AdditionalQuestions

The closing date for non-EU applications is Not on offer 2020/2021

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact