The study of Geography is exciting, challenging and relevant to today's world. Geographers study the natural processes of the physical environment, as well as the activities and consequences of humans in this environment. Some geographers specialise in coastal, glacial or fluvial processes and landforms, climatology, biogeography, hydrology or environmental change. Others study regional economics, population change, the problems of rural or urban areas, or the experience of particular groups such as Maori. Still others, specialising in spatial analysis, bring the power of geographic information science to bear on a wide range of research problems. Increasingly, these varied interests are coming together in the study of environmental problems and Geographers lead the way in resource management.

Areas of study

Our postgraduate programmes offer the opportunity for students to extend their studies and engage in specialised research. Our teaching builds upon our research in areas such as physical and biological systems, resource management, economic and social structures, spatial organisation, cultural landscapes and geographical information science.

You can study Geography in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will extend your understanding of the human and natural environments, establishing the foundation for interesting careers in such areas as resource management; hydrology and water resources; coastal management; climatology; social, economic and environmental research; health research; business management; geographic information studies; market research; education; policy analysis; and community advocacy.

Career opportunities

A postgraduate qualification in geography gives you a strong competitive edge in the employment market, not just by virtue of the qualification, but also because of the high reputations granted by The University of Auckland. Possible career options for graduates include:

  • Resource management
  • Hydrology and water resources
  • Coastal management
  • Climatology
  • Social, economic and environmental research
  • Health research
  • Business management
  • Geographic information studies
  • Market research
  • Education
  • Policy analysis
  • Community advocacy

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