BSc (Hons) Geography (Science)

University College Cork

Course Overview

The Geography BSc provides insights into the links between the physical, human and environmental processes on planet Earth and explores the major issues facing society in the 21st century, such as climate change; water, food and energy security; land degradation; and migration and economic changes.

Geography is about how people relate to, and interact with, the spaces, places, landscapes and environments in which they live, and how those places engage with the larger world. Geographers at UCC develop a wide range of technical, computing, laboratory, field and desktop skills which equip them to do a range of different jobs.
Geography at UCC provides you with a broad understanding of the human, environmental and natural issues facing society with a focus on real-world questions.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

48 Months Full-time (4 Years)

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

A work experience module is available to Year 4 students, enabling them to spend 6-10 weeks in a structured working environment. Several successful partnerships have been developed in this way, resulting in students having access to data and knowledge for their final year project, and so enabling them to undertake novel and innovative research that directly supports the work of a commercial or government enterprise.
Students have the option of spending all or part of the third year at one of UCC’s partner universities in Europe under the ERASMUS scheme, or in North America.

Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 22,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • This programme provides an indepth study of the relationships between the physical, human and environmental processes on our planet.
  • There is a large element of practical work which reinforces teaching and reading.
  • You will undertake a range of field studies each year in different geographical locations, allowing you to gain the practical skills required of scientific geographers in the workplace.
  • The research project will encourage you to develop and test your ideas and gain independence in thinking and reaching conclusions based on data you collect.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H4 in one subject, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects.
English: O6/H7
Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7 or H4*
Lab Science: O6/H7 or H4*
* If the H4 is in Maths, Applied Maths or Computer Science an 06/H7 in a Lab Science subject is also required.
The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry and Agricultural Science.

  • A-Levels: B B C
  • IB: 31

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better
Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing admissions@ucc.ie.

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.

IELTS: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture). 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5.

TOEFL: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture).

  • TOEFL 80: Listening 17; Reading 18; Speaking 20; Writing 17

Pearson PTE Academic: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture). 59 Minimum individual sections 5

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects

Geographers who have been trained in scientific methods are involved in a wide variety of environmentally based careers that draw upon laboratory and computing skills and experience. Some jobs use specific geographical knowledge, while others draw on the range of other skills learned through the degree.
Typical careers for BSc Geography graduates include:
• land surveying and planning
• mapping
• Earth resource evaluation and management
• development and conservation
• nature and heritage
• environmental management
• teaching.