MSc Geographies of the Global South

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This MSc programme offers students a critical understanding of key issues and theoretical debates in contemporary geographies of the Global South. 
  • designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of key challenges, potentials and contestations in the Global South at a range of scales and informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability.
  • strong emphasis is placed on developing students’ applied skills in geospatial technology and an understanding of their real-world application to Global South issues, research and to informing practice, planning and policy making. 

Careers & Employability

The MSc Geographies of the Global South is designed to provide students with the key knowledge and practical transferable skillsets that will be a benefit in many careers. Graduates of this programme may progress to careers in:

  • Further research, whether academic or professional
  • NGOs focused on the Global South
  • International aid and/or development agencies
  • Global multilateral agencies (United Nations, World Bank, UNICEF, etc.)
  • Uni- or multinational think-tanks

Full Time option suitable for:

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

  • Applications are welcome from students with an undergraduate degree in Geography or a cognate discipline (including, but not limited to, Planning, Economics, Sociology, Engineering, Biology, etc.).
  • It is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners and professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of key issues and theoretical debates in contemporary geographies of the Global South, and will support candidates to become experts in conducting empirical research on current Global South issues and in the use of new geospatial applications in the field of Global South studies and practice.

 

The Global South accounts for over 80 per cent of world’s population, and represents enormous diversity and rapid transformation, commanding an ever-increasing role in global affairs. Many countries of the Global South have achieved impressive economic growth, including some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet, the Global South also houses the bulk of the global poor, with growth often accompanied by mounting spatial and socio-economic inequalities.

The MSc Geographies of the Global South is designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of key challenges, potentials and contestations in the Global South at a range of scales and informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability.

A strong emphasis is placed on developing students’ applied skills in geospatial technology and an understanding of their real-world application to Global South issues, research and to informing practice, planning and policy making.

This program is aimed at students who wish to develop a career in the field of international development agencies within governmental or non-governmental organisations, or to do further research in the field of studies on global development. We value and encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach towards the problems of the Global South, global poverty and the wide range of proposed solutions. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to challenge commonplaces and reflect on different approaches developing their autonomous understanding of key concepts and debates in the field of studies on the Global South. Working groups, collective discussion and autonomous conceptions of outputs like papers and presentations are a key element in the programme’s design. This entails a focus on personal development and critical learning, favoured by the interdisciplinary nature of the themes raised and by our international teaching group.   

  • Acquire an advanced knowledge and understanding of current critical theoretical and conceptual debates in geographies of development and change in the Global South, and be able to develop or apply these ideas in autonomous research.
  • Develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the role and potential of geospatial technologies in the field of Global South research and practice.
  • Have enhanced analytical skills as well as critical thinking and critical questioning, and will have developed knowledge and skills that will help them develop expertise in the field of Global South and development studies.
  • Have the ability to deal with complexity and to be aware of and sensitive to ethical considerations and be able to integrate and apply this knowledge within their professional and everyday lives.
  • Develop experiences of fieldwork, small group work, and direct knowledge of agencies and with non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders
  • Be able of clearly articulate their ideas and draw conclusions based on knowledge and rationale and be able to communicate these to both specialists and non-specialists
  • Acquire a level of advanced learning skills that facilitates self-directed learning and independent research, study, and professional development
  • Acquire skills for development in new technologies as a transferable skill that will provide graduates with specific expertise in GIS/remote sensing
  • Be able to develop writing and presenting skills to present publically the results of their research through papers and presentations

View All Modules Here

The programme comprises of a total of 90 credits with 60 credits of taught modules and a 30 credit thesis. The core modules focus on research design skills, methodology, and field research. The thesis involves the production of a piece of original research (of around 15,000-20,000 words) supervised by members of the School academic staff.

Please note the curriculum is subject to a year by year review and the modules may or may not be available in any given year.

MSc Geographies of the Global South (W338) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6885
nonEU    fee per year - € 18700

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

  • An undergraduate degree in any academic field, with a preference for fields of study related to your chosen stream.
  • Relevant professional or voluntary experience may be considered as part of the application process
  • Good academic grades (your transcript should include grades for each subject taken).
  • Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation. At least one of these should be a member of academic staff at your current institution.
  • 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.

 

“Having a strong sense of how the globalised world works and being cognisant of the geopolitical implications of events is knowledge that I gained in my degree that is vital to the work I do today. Studying geography in UCD provided me with the perfect set of skills in critical thinking; analysis; team work; problem solving and research to underpin my later studies in humanitarian action and in international law and continues to influence how I approach both my career and continued learning”.

Louise Sarsfield-Collins, International Humanitarian Law Advocacy Officer with Irish Red Cross

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Geographies of the Global South FT (W338)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *

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