Postgraduate study in Geography

What can you study in Geography?

You can study Geography at postgraduate level in either Faculty of Science or Faculty of Arts programmes.

Postgraduate Geography spans the full range of research interests in the discipline through a wide variety of advanced and specialised courses. These include:

  • Physical and biological systems: climatology, hydrology, biogeography, and geomorphology
  • Social, economic and cultural change: urban processes, policy formation, globalisation and its effects, political economy, or political ecology, health and well-being, regional and rural spaces
  • Environmental management: environmental change, sustainable development, science and society relations
  • Geographical Information Science (GIS): mapping and analysing information

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Geography

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Geography

15 points:

At least 60 points from:

Up to 15 points from other approved 700 level courses

30 points:

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) in Geography

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Geography

15 points:

At least 75 points from:

Up to 30 points from other approved 700 level courses

Master of Arts in Geography (Research Masters)

Master of Science (MSc) in Geography 120-point (one-year) research masters

Master of Science (MSc) in Geography 240-point research masters

15 points:

At least 75 points from:

A further 30 points from 700 level courses in a related subject:

120 points:


Prior to applying to the MSc 240-point research masters in Geography you are required to have completed an undergraduate degree in Geography or Earth Sciences with 45 points at Stage III in Geography.


Explore the postgraduate courses you can take:

Where can postgraduate study in Geography take you?

Geographers can be found working in a wide range of occupations in an equally wide range of organisations.

Jobs related to Geography include:

  • Cartographer
  • Department of Conservation officer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographical information systems officer
  • International development worker
  • Landscape architect
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Town planner
  • Transport planner

Meet our student

Charlotte Milne is currently studying a Master of Science in Geography and uses drone technology to investigate how the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake has changed the local rivers. We followed Charlotte down to Kaikoura to find out about her research.

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