Postgraduate study in Geography

What can you study in Geography?

You can study Geography as a postgraduate specialisation in either the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Arts programmes.

If you are an aspiring geologist and physical geographer, you can explore themes in climatology, hydrology, biogeography, fundamental concepts in geomorphology and mapping and analysing information using GIS. Alternatively, you may want to concentrate on human geography, delving into globalisation and its effects, environmental management and the ways in which different views and attitudes influence people's interactions with the environment.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Physical and biological systems
  • Resource management
  • Economic and social structures
  • Spatial organization
  • Cultural landscapes and geographical information science

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Geography

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Master of Arts in Geography

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

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

15 points:

At least 60 points from:

A further 15 points from 700 level courses in a related subject:

30 points:

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Geography

At least 75 points from:

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

Earth SciencesEnvironmental ManagementEnvironmental ScienceGeography  

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.

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

Help and advice for Arts students

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

Help and advice for Science students

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics, or contact Dr Ward Freisen.