Geography

About the Geography major

Geography is a problem-focussed and field-based discipline. It combines theory and evidence to explain the environmental and social processes that shape the world around us.

Geography subjects at the University of Melbourne provide students with a specialist understanding of contemporary environmental and ecological processes and management in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Topics studied include: coastal processes and management; fresh water ecology; geomorphology; palaeo-ecology, rivers and wetlands, and water resource management.

The major enables students to gain practical and relevant experience in the field.

What will the course look like?

This information is for future students. All current students should refer to the Handbook.

Sample course plan

Bachelor of Science major: Geography
First year
Famine: The Geography of Scarcity Natural Environments The Global Environment Breadth or Elective
Biology of Australian Flora and Fauna Mapping Environments Understanding Planet Earth Breadth
Second year
Understanding Global Landforms Applications of GIS Blue Planet: Intro to Marine Environments Breadth
Landscapes and Diversity Environmental Change Field Class Ecology Breadth
Third year
Geographical Thought Global Climate Change in Context Coastal Landforms and Processes Breadth or Elective
Fluvial Geomorphology Biogeography and Ecology of Fire Applied Ecology Breadth

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The course plan displayed is a sample only. The University gives no warranty and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or the completeness of the material. No reliance should be made by any person on the material, but instead should check for confirmation with the originating or authorising faculty, department or other university body.

What careers can this major lead to?

With a major in Geography, you can find careers with private environmental and planning firms, as well as consultancies. You can also work in government departments concerned with conservation, planning, housing, transport, international aid or hydrology. Skills are transferable across many sectors, including commerce, industry, government and education.

For example, employment growth for urban and regional planners is projected to grow leading into 2017.^

^ Based on data from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, accessed August 2013. Refer to Australian Job Outlook for more information.

What graduate courses does Geography lead to?

Bachelor of Science graduates with a Geography major are very well prepared for further study in the areas of development studies and environmental studies. You will also be well-placed to apply for:

  • Professionally-focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics, management science, and nanotechnology
  • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching
  • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Melbourne Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

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