Course details

This is a new one-year taught Masters degree starting in September 2015 on both a full-time and part-time basis at University College Cork. The aim is to provide a broad academic and professional training in urban, social and cultural geography.

The programme will offer an interdisciplinary lens through which to explore a perse range of contemporary urban, social and cultural issues, such as: urban policy and innovation; the creative economy; difference and pisions; politics and identity; culture, heritage and the built environment; gender and sexuality; technology and social media; and, everyday practice and experience in the city. It provides students with the skills and knowledge to be effective innovators in a perse range of urban policy and projects.

This MA is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors, or who wish to pursue PhD research in the field of urban, social or cultural geography. Developing graduates who can critically analyse a range of urban, social and cultural issues, and communicate knowledge in perse ways, including both traditional and digital media, is a core objective for this programme. The programme is student-focussed and research-led.

Course Practicalities

Lectures will take place from September to March. Students will attend a mixture of seminars, lectures, tutorials during the programme. There will be approximately 6 hours of lectures/seminars per week, which will take place primarily on a Monday to allow a greater flexibility to students taking this programme. This in-built flexibility will also facilitate the research intensive, inquiry-led components of this programme to offer greater time and freedom for research activities during the week. Most weeks, students will have around 15 -18 hours of reading to do before the respective classes.


Student work is marked via a mixture of continuous assessment, including essays, reports, presentations, online projects, field reports and a research dissertation (15,000 word thesis).

Updated on 08 November, 2015

About University College Cork

UCC was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges - at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges theyre established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her.

Queen's College, Cork (QCC) was established to provide access to higher education in the Irish province of Munster. Cork was chosen for the new college due to its place at the centre of transatlantic trade at the time and the presence of existing educational initiatives such as the Royal Cork Institution and a number of private medical schools.

The site chosen for the new college was dramatic and picturesque, on the edge of a limestone bluff overlooking the River Lee. It is associated with the educational activities of a local early Christian saint, Finbarr. It is believed that his monastery and school stood nearby, and his legend inspired UCC’s motto: ‘Where Finbarr Taught, let Munster Learn.’

On 7 November 1849, QCC opened its doors to a small group of students (only 115 students in that first session, 1849-1850) after a glittering inaugural ceremony in the Aula Maxima (Great Hall), which is still the symbolic and ceremonial heart of the University.

The limestone buildings of the Main Quadrangle (as it is now known) are built in a style inspired by the great universities of the Middle Ages, and theyre designed by the gifted architectural partnership of Thomas Deane and Benjamin Woodward. The iconic image of UCC, it is set in landscaped gardens and surrounds the green lawn known to all as the Quad.

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