Undergraduate study in Geography

Learn about your undergraduate study options for Geography.

What can you study in Geography?

You can study Geography as a major in the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts.

Geographers ask questions about places and the relations between physical and human drivers that shape them. Human geographers focus attention on social change and the cultural, economic, and social processes that drive change. Physical geographers study the biophysical world, and the processes which change it. Many geographers also study the interactions between physical and social processes, how these are managed, and how they might be better managed.

Courses in Geography stretch from the study of coastal and river processes and landforms, to climatology, biogeography, hydrology, environmental change, environmental management, rural and urban development, housing, population change, policy formation, and socio-economic change.

As a Geography student you’ll have the chance to study the monitoring and analysis of weather, waves, tides, soils, sediments and rivers; cultural and economic practices; the interpretation of physical and cultural landscapes; mapping, cartography, geovisualisation and modelling; and the experiences of particular groups in society. You will explore these subjects both in the classroom and, importantly, through fieldwork, which forms an integral part of studying Geography.

Structuring your undergraduate programme in Geography


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take for a major in Geography.

Where can undergraduate study in Geography take you?

A Geography degree is more than a passport to a wide range of careers; it gives graduates an edge. Many of our graduates use their training directly in the workplace, while others find that their broad education and flexible skills are in high demand in the job market. Geographers can be found working in a wide range of occupations in an equally wide range of organisations. In recent years, Geography graduates have found careers in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Environmental and resource management
  • Commerce
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Policy and planning
  • Science (Many organisations employ geographers as environmental scientists.)

Further study options

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

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