Undergraduate
BSc Science in Geography and Geosystems

NUI Galway

Course Overview


There is a growing demand for a work force literate in the scientific and geographic protocols used to advance environmental issues such as climate change, energy use, sustainable development, and policy.

This new degree course will allow you to become an expert in many decision-making fields that now rely on a fundamental understanding of how human activities depend upon natural systems, through the interpretation of the scientific, spatial, and economic aspects of geographic principles and processes.
This new programme beginning in 2020 is aimed at motivated school leavers and mature students with a strong interest in how natural systems function and how the ecosystem goods and services provided by the environment are impacted by human activity. Interdisciplinarity at the heart of understanding human-nature interacting is reflected in the programme structure with the disciplines of Geography, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Botany & Plant Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics, the School of Law, and the School of Political Science and Sociology coming together to deliver this innovative programme. Fieldwork facilitates an understanding of geographic concepts in ways that the classroom cannot. The course therefore focuses on field-based learning to provide students with diverse opportunities to supplement their academic learning with hands-on research and technical experiences outside the classroom. As a graduate of this programme, you will become an expert in human-environment relationships with a focus on the spatial dynamics of the natural world and the sustainable management of our natural resources.With this skill set you will be equipped to integrate scientific understanding into existing decision making processes.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

NUI Galway students have the opportunity to study at one of our many partner universities abroad as part of our ERASMUS programme. ERASMUS is popular because of the academic, social, personal and professional benefits it brings. There is considerable evidence that participating in ERASMUS improves student performance in final year.


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

25

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,750

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • Geography is crucial in informing genuine public concerns about environmental loss and degradation, as well as human-induced climate change.
  • Guidance will be offered throughout the programme to ensure students are undertaking the most appropriate modules for their own personal career goals and development.
  • The Geography & Geosystems programme offers clear pathways that lead to an array of career opportunities across a wide range of interests including governmental, policy, and business sectors.
  • NUI Galway students have the opportunity to study at one of our many partner universities abroad as part of our ERASMUS programme.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

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

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Computer Science or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognized for entry purposes.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

n/a

Career Prospects


Geography is crucial in informing genuine public concerns about environmental loss and degradation, as well as human-induced climate change. The Geography & Geosystems programme offers clear pathways that lead to an array of career opportunities across a wide range of interests including governmental, policy, and business sectors. Guidance will be offered throughout the programme to ensure students are undertaking the most appropriate modules for their own personal career goals and development.
Potential Career Pathways for graduates include:
• Geographic Information System analyst
• Environmental consultant
• Environmental education officer
• Environmental manager
• Nature conservation officer
• Sustainability consultant
• Waste management officer
• Water quality scientist

Notes


In Year Three of the programme students have the option to participate in targeted work or research-based internships (January–August), study abroad, or enroll in further study at NUI Galway. A dedicated member of staff coordinates and places every student within their selected sector and tailors their training and experience. Students will also undertake the module “Career Development and Readiness“, to prepare them for their future careers. There is considerable evidence that participating in professional work placements improves student performance in final year.