The School of GeographyArchaeology  and Irish Studies offers BA, Diploma, MA, MSc, MLitt and PhD programmes; experiential and field-based learning  is a central component of all programmes.  It is a research intensive School with highly dedicated staff and a student-centred ethos.

We have built a strong reputation for excellence in research and teaching, with productive national and international collaborative networks.  Community and civic engagement at the local, national and international levels is central to our School ethos. Engagement through community participation and partnerships, research collaborations and community outreach activities, extends our impacts beyond the university.

The School encompasses a broad range of research interests, and much of our research emerges through our key research clusters: Archaeology of Ireland and Atlantic Europe; Environmental Change; Geopolitics and Justice; Planning and Sustainability; Rural Studies;  the Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit and Irish Studies: historical, cultural and social development of modern and contemporary Ireland.  


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The School of Geography and Archaeology has an enrolment of over 1200 undergraduate students.   Our students acquire a wide range of analytical, technical and communication skills that are valuable and highly sought after by many sectors of employment. Experiential and field-based learning are central to our undergraduate programme, as exemplified in our commitment to undergraduate dissertation projects and module-specific field and laboratory training.

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International Students

The School of Geography and Archaeology’s programmes have gained an international reputation, and students have joined our School from China, Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Malawi, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Sri Lanka, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam.  Our PhD and taught postgraduate programmes, as well as our field-based undergraduate modules, have been particularly popular with international students.   

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