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Why study a geography major at the University of Newcastle?

The University of Newcastle geography major allows students to combine human and physical geography or to specialise. You will study processes including:

  • Demographic and cultural change
  • Environmental systems and environmental change, including climate change
  • Geographical information systems
  • Globalisation
  • Governance and political organisation
  • Landscape evolution
  • Sustainability
  • Urbanisation

The geography major explores how various groups of people experience the world differently and your compulsory courses will help you develop key research skills that will prepare you for future employment or further study.

Your learning will not be confined to a lecture theater or tutorial room, but will also incorporate practical fieldwork in the compulsory courses. Assessments will also involve research activities that use real life examples and are presented in a way similar to professionals in the field.

The geography major is completed over three years of full-time study (or part time equivalent) at our Callaghan campus, Newcastle. There is also the opportunity to take part in the discipline’s outstanding Honours programs after completing your undergraduate degree where you can conduct your own research on key issues.

By studying geography you will be developing key skills in analysing, synthesising and communication, which are all highly sought after by employees. As a graduate, career opportunities include:

  • Education
  • Environmental management
  • International aid work
  • Local, state and federal government departments
  • Policy development
  • Social and community planning
  • Urban and regional planning.

The Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies also provides majors within these following degrees:

And courses can be taken as part of the:

*This degree is part of the Year 12 Subject Spotlight Early Offer Program