MSc Risk, Resilience and Sustainability

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Risk, Resilience and Sustainability are three keywords of our time. A deeper understanding of risk, the ways in which it is generated, experienced and managed is fundamental to addressing many of our pressing societal issues. Concepts such as ‘critical infrastructure’ underpin government initiatives to prepare, and manage for, global challenges such climate change, natural disasters, ecological uncertainty, and extreme social inequity. The concept of sustainability is heavily enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , which have been widely taken up as a road map for future development around the world. The key objective of the course is to explore how sustainability and resilience work together in the safeguarding of ecosystem services, the economy, construction, transportation and political systems. 

Geography as a discipline offers expertise in the environment (e.g. hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, cyclones, floods and other environmental hazards) and the societal dimensions of risk, resilience and sustainability and is well placed to offer an interdisciplinary framework. It develops the Schools vision of creating cutting edge research-led teaching that works towards ‘shaping the future’ in ways that are not only more environmentally sustainable, but also through addressing issues of critical importance to ‘future proofing earth’.

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Risk, Resilience and Sustainability offers direct employment prospects in environmental protection agencies (e.g EPA), International organisations such as the UN, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, government departments and state agencies addressing global challenges, NGOs, Advise industries on social and environmental strategies, voluntary sector, government, civil service, as well as further academic study. Beyond this, understanding Risk, Resilience and Sustainability and the intellectual and practical skills developed are designed to enable graduates to understand the world in order to change it.

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. No

This Masters is ideally suited to anyone who is seeking deeper understanding of risk, resilience and sustainability as  they relate to both the natural world through hazards such as flooding, sea level rise, and human vulnerability.  This understanding is fundamental to addressing many of our pressing societal issues. While Geography is central to this understanding, no prior experience of Geography is required and students with backgrounds in Erath and Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences are welcome to apply.

Risk, Resilience and Sustainability are three keywords of our time. A deeper understanding of risk, the ways in which it is generated, experienced and managed is fundamental to addressing many of our pressing societal issues. Concepts such as ‘critical infrastructure’ underpin government initiatives to prepare, and manage for, global challenges such climate change, natural disasters, ecological uncertainty, and extreme social inequity. The concept of sustainability is heavily enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , which have been widely taken up as a road map for future development around the world. The key objective of the course is to explore how sustainability and resilience work together in the safeguarding of ecosystem services, the economy, construction, transportation and political systems. 

Geography as a discipline offers expertise in the environment (e.g. hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, cyclones, floods and other environmental hazards) and the societal dimensions of risk, resilience and sustainability and is well placed to offer an interdisciplinary framework. It develops the Schools vision of creating cutting edge research-led teaching that works towards ‘shaping the future’ in ways that are not only more environmentally sustainable, but also through addressing issues of critical importance to ‘future proofing earth’.

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Risk, Resilience and Sustainability offers direct employment prospects in environmental protection agencies (e.g EPA), International organisations such as the UN, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, government departments and state agencies addressing global challenges, NGOs, Advise industries on social and environmental strategies, voluntary sector, government, civil service, as well as further academic study. Beyond this, understanding Risk, Resilience and Sustainability and the intellectual and practical skills developed are designed to enable graduates to understand the world in order to 

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • core knowledge across a range of disciplines relevant to risk, resilience and sustainability
    • an appreciation of the context and contribution of different disciplines within the broader area of risk and resilience in general.
    • technical and data analysis skills in GIS and Remote Sensing developed through practical experience

     

    Applying Knowledge and Understanding

    The programme will seek to prepare its graduates to be:

    Academically excellent, having:

    • in-depth knowledge of their chosen academic discipline underpinned by critical thought, analysis and reflection;
    • well-developed understanding of the limits, contradictions and emerging issues within their chosen

    discipline and also its relationship to other disciplines;

    Making Judgements

    The programme will help shape Global citizens, having:

    • awareness of their responsibility as active global citizens, including a commitment to social and cultural

    diversity, equity and ethics;

    • well-developed skills of citizenship and the potential to contribute to the growth and enhancement of communities in their work and life contexts.

    Communications and working skills

    • Articulate theoretical concepts, current debates and research findings to both specialist and non-specialist audiences from a risk, resilience and sustainability perspective
    • Work effectively with peers in learning, research, and presentation

    Learning skills

    • Collect or source data using research methodologies taught on the programme
    • Engage in independent research and analysis under supervision

    View All Modules Here

    Core

    GEOG40390 Research Design  I (C)

    GEOG40950 Research Design II (C)

    GEOG408020 Introduction to GIS (C)

    GEOG40980  Dissertation

    GEOG40830 Global South Fieldwork:Vietnam

    GEOL40710 Hazards, Risk and Resilience (C)

     

    Options List A

     

    GEOG40780 Physical Geography of Cities (O)

    GEOG40710 Urban Rivers (O)

    ENVP40060 Environmental Risk and Behaviour (O)

    GEOG40860 Practical Environmental Assessment (O)

    GEOG40870 Advanced GIS

    Options List B

    GEOG40960 Coastal Risks (O)

    GEOG40880 Population Patterns and Challenges (O)

    GEOG40760 Geographies of the Global South (O)

    GEOG40450 Critical Geopolitics (O)

    GEOG40890 Remote Sensing

    MSc Risk, Resilience and Sustainability (W464) Full Time
    EU          fee per year - € 7315
    nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

    ***Fees are subject to change

    • A primary degree with at least GPA 3.08 (2.1/2H1) or international equivalent in Geography or a related discipline.
    • We would encourage applicants from those with at least a GPA 3.08 (2.1/2H1) in a cognate area that provides appropriate background to the programme.
    • In certain circumstances,  we will consider students who have a GPA 2.48 (2H2) and some relevant work or other experience. Contact Prof. Jacky Croke jacky.croke@ucd.ie  This includes students returning to study after a break.
    • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element) or equivalent

    The following entry routes are available:

    MSc Risk, Resilience and Sustainability FT (W464)
    Duration
    1 Years
    Attendance
    Full Time
    Deadline
    Rolling *
    MSc Risk, Resilience and Sustainability PT (W465)
    Duration
    2 Years
    Attendance
    Part Time
    Deadline
    Rolling *

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