Geography: Cities, Space and Culture MA

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Course Code: CKD45 Full-time; CKD46 Part-time

Course Title: Geography: Cities, Space and Culture

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Geography:  Cities, Space and Culture

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

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

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €6,000; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €13,000

Entry Requirements: 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 and/or experience in human geography, as assessed by the programme coordinators. All applicants will be interviewed.

Closing Date: Programme not on offer in 2017/2018

Next Intake: Programme not on offer in 2017/2018


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. It provides students with the skills and knowledge to be effective innovators in a diverse range of urban policy and projects. This MA is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors, or who wish to pursue PhD research in the field of urban, social or cultural geography. Developing graduates who can critically analyse a range of urban, social and cultural issues, and communicate knowledge in diverse ways, including both traditional and digital media, is a core objective for this programme. The programme is student-focussed and research-led.

Course Details

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)


Elective Modules: 10 credits maximum

Postgraduate Modules


Design Research: Culture & Context (5 Credits)

AS5307 East Asia: History, Geo-politics and Political Economy (10 Credits)
AS6111 Contemporary Korean Society (10 Credits)

Creative Industries in China (10 Credits)


Space and Place in Irish Writing and Film (10 Credits)


Case Studies in migration and Diaspora Studies (10 Credits)


Cartography and Visualisation (5 Credits)


Digital Geographies (5 Credits)


City, Region and Nation (10 Credits)


Introduction to Planning and Sustainable Development (5 Credits)


Urban and Metropolitan Spatial Planning (5 Credits)


Mediterranean Cultures: Encounters (10 Credits)


Rethinking Borders: Global Challenges to Social Justice (10 Credits)


Sexuality and Society ( 5 Credits)


Undergraduate Modules (all 5 credit modules)



Urbs & Civitas


Landscape Theory & Design


The Role of Place for Innovation


Economic Growth and Competitiveness


Exploring Material Culture and Folklore


The Ethnographic Interview: An Introduction


Global Urbanism


Regional and Local Planning Issues and Policies


Geography of Heritage


Geographies of the Irish Diaspora


Historical Geographies of the City


Geopolitics and Geostrategies


Environmental Economic Geography


Historical Geographies of Ireland


Greek Art and Architecture


Gender, Violence and Power on the US-Mexico Border


Latin American Human Rights in an Historical and Cultural Context


Catalan Cultural Studies


Travel Writing


Living Spaces: Social Construction of Habitat


Sociology of the Environment


Housing and Homelessness


Poverty and Social Exclusion


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.

Detailed Entry Requirements

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

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

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).

Further Contact Information

Dr Therese Kenna,
Department of Geography,
University College Cork, Ireland.
Phone: 00 353 21 490 2326

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