Geography at Macquarie

Geography at Macquarie provides students with the skills and knowledge required to address some of Australia’s biggest challenges.  Important and evolving issues like climate change, urban development, refugees, inequality and justice, food security, and environmental degradation are covered in ways that enable graduates to pursue exciting careers in these fields.  Through integrated use of critical theory, social and environmental fieldwork, laboratory work and spatial information science, students have opportunities to analyse these and other pressing social and environmental issues by working with established partners, and potential employers, in Sydney and beyond.  Recent field trips have taken students to forests in Sabah in Malaysia, remote communities in the Northern Territory, multicultural communities in Sydney, and the glaciers in New Zealand / Aotearoa.

Macquarie is a strong supporter of Geography, hosting one of the largest and most dynamic Departments in the country, ranked by QS as in the top 100 in the world.  Majors can be taken in Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Management, Environmental Humanities, Development Studies and Climate Science.  In 2020 additional offerings will include Urban Studies, Environment Society and Law, Refugee Studies, and Posthuman Studies, as well as minors in Geopolitics and Anthropocene Futures.  The University also offers the Bachelor of Planning, an accredited course for those seeking careers in planning policy and practice, with a strong emphasis on social and environmental issues.  We produce work-ready graduates and have significant external impact and engagement with government, industry and community, both in Australia and internationally. 

Macquarie University is a leading international institution for geography and provides diverse and exciting options for geographical careers.  We are proud sponsors of the Australian Geography Competition.

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Further your interest in geography at Monash University from some of the leading researchers in their fields and apply your passion for learning about the world around us. Studies in geography look to solve the some of the most pressing global challenges facing society today such as climate change, declining natural resources, rapid urbanisation, environmental degradation, global development and rising socioeconomic inequality. You can study topics such as climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, remote sensing and geographical information systems, coastal processes, soil science, sustainability theory, and urban geography in both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science with majors in human geography or geographical science.

You will have the opportunity to visit the red plains of Broken Hill, the historic villages of the Cinque Terre in Italy, the spectacular mountains of New Zealand, or you might even get the chance to travel to Antarctica in your studies. Monash University is a global university, ranked in the top 100 in both the Times Higher Education rankings and the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. With campuses in South Africa, Italy and Malaysia, you will have the opportunity to explore the world while studying for your degree.

You will develop skills in critical thinking, grounded experience and field-based learning to develop applied research capabilities necessary for professional careers in weather and climate prediction, urban and regional development, emergency services, risk management, science communication and education, community and international development, and environmental science and management.

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (Physical Geography)

School of Social Sciences (Human Geography)

Turn your interest in geography into a global career with The University of Queensland’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Study topics such as climatology, hydrology, biogeography, geomorphology, geology, mineral resources, landscape ecology, coastal and marine systems, urban geography, economic geography, demography, planning, and geographical information science and remote sensing.

Choose from a range of degrees including Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Regional and Town Planning, Arts or Science, depending on your area of interest.

UQ is #43 globally for life sciences (2019 Times Higher Education rankings), and highly ranked for teaching and research in the physical, human and built environments. The Shanghai Ranking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for 2018 ranks UQ in the top 20 globally in Geography (13), Ecology (16) and Water Resources (20).

Our interconnected teams of earth scientists, physical and social scientists, environmental management specialists, health and safety experts, and urban planners work together to address the increasingly critical global challenges of a growing population, climate change, urbanisation, food security, conservation and natural resource management.

The School offers you national and international fieldwork and study opportunities to give you a truly global outlook. Map out your career at one of the world’s top 100 universities and join our graduates who are creating change around the world.

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The University of Western Australia (UWA) is the highest ranked university in the State, and in the top 1% globally.

UWA’s high-quality courses and unique course structure are designed to set our graduates apart in the marketplace, and give them a competitive edge. Throughout your studies, you’ll gain practical, real-world experience and the multidisciplinary skills needed to succeed and positively impact society. That’s why our graduates are among the highest paid in Australia.

At UWA we’re committed to helping students figure out their study path. Our course structure allows you to personalise your degree and even change your mind along the way. We give our students the chance to study across a variety of fields before choosing majors in second year, allowing you to discover what you’re really passionate about.

With more than 70 majors to choose from and a range of direct pathways to professional qualifications, you can create a degree that’s as unique as you are. Find out more at

Make sense of the world by studying geography and environmental studies at Flinders University.

Taught as a major throughout a range of degrees, you’ll gain an understanding of complex environmental, economic, social and political trends that shape Australia and other countries; Recognise the importance of scale and time in analysing different phenomena; Learn to think critically and creatively, work effectively in teams, and take initiative; Recognise, evaluate and synthesise various views, arguments and sources of information pertinent to solving environmental and social problems.

Your analytical and fieldwork skills will prepare you to be a problem solver suited to positions requiring good communication, data management and information synthesis.

For over 50 years, Flinders has been a centre of inspiring achievement: from our pioneering research and excellence in teaching to the positive impact we have in the communities we serve. Our strong network of external links keeps our work dynamic, enabling us to connect across barriers to create enterprising solutions for the future, to make a difference by changing lives and, ultimately, the world.

Australia’s participation in the International Geography Olympiads and Geography’s Big Week Out are supported by the Australian Government.

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality and affordable childcare; early childhood education, school education, post-school, higher education, international education and academic research. High quality school education supports productivity and improves the educational outcomes of children, increasing the likelihood that they will attain skills and be in employment.

The Australian Geography Teachers' Association (AGTA) is one of the two organisations responsible for the Competition.

AGTA is the national organisation of Australia’s state geography teachers’ associations. AGTA seeks to: foster the teaching and learning of geography in Australian schools and enhance awareness of its applications in society; promote and circulate the results of research into geography education; maintain a professional network through which teachers of geography in Australia may express opinions on educational matters; represent the interests of its member affiliates on national education decision making bodies.

The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland (RGSQ) is one of the two organisations responsible for the Competition and looks after its day-to-day management.

RGSQ is a non-profit organization that promotes the study of geography. Since its establishment in 1885, the Society has brought together people from all walks of life who share an interest in geography. The Society stimulates interest in geography through a regular programme of lectures and trips, and through actively supporting geographical education and research.