The new MA in Geography at Maynooth

A unique MA in Geography was launched by Maynooth University 25 September 2014. The MA has currently 30 civil society partners who are working in collaboration with Department of Geography staff to offer students opportunities to learn about ‘real world geographies’ in Ireland and beyond, by inviting students to directly learn about their ongoing research in the arts, heritage, environmental, NGO sector, activist, housing, planning, and policy-related fields. Unlike other postgraduate degrees in Ireland or Europe, students are offered the opportunity to learn directly from local experts on a range of topics related to social and spatial justice through public engagement.

The first group of students has completed a month of the new degree and have met many of the public engagement partners through events that highlight various research opportunities. Partners are offering lectures and workshops as part of a MA class; working with Maynooth University’s Geography staff to create a series of ‘Public Geographies’ events on relevant social issues, some of which are open to a more general public; are opening up their public and open community events to the MA students; and collaborating with staff and students to develop new research projects, which might contribute to the students’ MA degree.

Alan Cibils Professor and Chair of the Political Economy Department at the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento in Buenos Aires (second from left), with Rory Hearne & Cian O'Callaghan (both Maynooth University Geography lecturers), Sian Crowley from the Debt & Development Coalition, and some of the MA in Geography students

Alan Cibils Professor and Chair of the Political Economy Department at the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento in Buenos Aires (second from left), with Rory Hearne & Cian O’Callaghan (both Maynooth University Geography lecturers), Sian Crowley from the Debt & Development Coalition, and some of the MA in Geography students.

Students on the MA in Geography can also focus their studies on diverse themes, such as: local and global solidarities; art, culture and environment; globalisation and cities; community development; and health geographies. We have two specialist streams: Art, Culture and Environment; and Cities, Globalisation, and Development. Throughout the MA, students are introduced to engaged learning, ethical and responsible research practices, and a grounding in geographical methodologies, such as field methods and an optional course in GIS and participatory mappings. This flexible degree has been designed to be available as a one-year full time offering or a two-year part-time option. The in-class teaching is concentrated on Thursdays and Fridays, with some Saturday field classes.

For more information on the MA in Geography, please see https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/geography/our-courses/ma-geography or here.

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