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Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.


Geography at Victoria is about the place where we live and who we are, and the interactions between them. Our courses tackle the big questions that relate to our future and appreciation of local impacts, as well as a truly global knowledge base.

Victoria's major in Geography combines the social and scientific aspects of this discipline—you can take it as a major for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Study the natural environment and the interaction between its many aspects, or focus on human environments and the impacts of urbanisation and population growth.

Your study can follow one of five themes:

  • Biophysical systems
  • Environment and resource studies
  • Regional and development studies
  • Socio-economic and cultural systems
  • Techniques for geographic analysis.

The skills and techniques you learn will help you understand and solve contemporary problems with flair and confidence.

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Undergraduate information

Geography major requirements

  1. GEOG/ESCI 111, GEOG 112, GEOG/ENVI 114, STAT 193 or equivalent 
  2. GEOG 215, 217; one of (212, 214, 216, 222)
  3. GEOG 324, 325; 40 further 300-level GEOG points of which at least 20 points must be from (GEOG 312–316, 320)

A list of approved courses is included in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

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Postgraduate information

Visit postgraduate study for information about postgraduate qualifications in Geography.

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How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

Prof Warwick Murray
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Major in Geography
Phone: +64 44 463 5029

School Office
Phone: +64 4 463 5337
Email: geo-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

Cultural Anthropology
Development Studies
Environmental Studies
Physical Geography

Civil Defence
Crown Research Institutes
Information analyst
Local government
Policy analyst

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List of courses

Geography courses are taught within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Cotton Building.

Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Geography courses.