Geography (2018)

Geography matters because it is about human relationships: between people and the environment, between people and other people. A clear grasp of Geography can provide insight into environmental, social and cultural problems and help us manage our resources effectively.

Geography is available as a major for the BA and the BSocSc. Geography may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Geography as a single major, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Geography, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete GEOGY101, GEOGY103, at least 30 points from ENVPL202, GEOGY209 or GEOGY219, and at least 30 points from GEOGY301, GEOGY309, GEOGY323, or GEOGY328.

To complete Geography as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Geography, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete GEOGY101, GEOGY103, at least 30 points from ENVPL202, GEOGY209 or GEOGY219, and at least 30 points from GEOGY301, GEOGY309, GEOGY323, or GEOGY328.

To complete a minor in Geography, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Geography major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Some Geography papers include practical work in the laboratory and/or fieldwork. Fieldwork is carried out in weekends or in teaching recesses.

Further details are available from the Geography Programme.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Geography in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


  • 100 level

  • 200 level

  • 300 level

  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Geog) and GradDip(Geog)
    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Geography at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Geog), PGDip(Geog), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Geography papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Geography papers or all their undergraduate Geography papers. The requirements for admission to masters level study in Geography are set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.

    To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Geography, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally GEOG591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Geography. Within the PGCert(Geog), PGDip(Geog) and BSocSc(Hons) a specialisation in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is available. Details of the specialisation requirements can be obtained from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA or MSocSc in Geography, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Geography (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Geography papers or all of their undergraduate Geography papers, or

    b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Geography (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

    Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Geography vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including one of GEOG501, GEOG521, GEOG538 or GEOG548, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B+ average.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil
    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD
    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information as of 20 September 2017 4:40pm

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