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.

Students can also study geography through the Bachelor of Arts.

Thomas Savige

“The Earth Sciences really attracted me from the start; learning how the environment we experience was created, has been shaped and will continue to change into the future. I undertook a number of Geology subjects before moving into Geography for a more 'hands on' approach to current environmental systems.”

  • Career Outcomes

    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.

    Benjamin Howes

    "I would love to work with environmental education in the Asia Pacific Region, empowering local community leaders through the Asia Pacific region to respond creatively and innovatively to climate change through social enterprise."

  • Graduate Pathways

    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 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 Faculty of Science, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Geography

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective