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Study in the discipline of Geography is offered by the School of Geosciences in the Faculty of Science. Units of study in this major are available at standard and advanced level.

Programme structure and content

Geography is the study of earth as the home of people. As the need to find solutions to issues of environmental sustainability, population change and globalisation have become more challenging, the skills and knowledge of geographers have come to the forefront. Students of Geography are interested in their world, and are taught to think critically about the relationships between people, environments and places.

The knowledge and skills gained from studying Geography at the University of Sydney provide a launch pad to a professional career in an array of fields including environmental management, planning, overseas development and consulting research. Our Geography programme has strong links with various national and international organisations that provide pathways for further studies at Honours and postgraduate levels, and into the work force. It differs from High School Geography in that it provides more opportunities for independent learning, introduces new techniques and skills, offers flexibility for you to follow your interests and is tailored to real world events and issues.

First year planning for a Geography major

Recommended: GEOS1001/1901 and GEOS1002/1902 and 12 credit points of other Junior units of study.

Requirements for a major

For a major in Geography, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from Senior units of study comprising:
(i) GEOS3333/3933 or GEOS3053/3953, and
(ii) any of GEOS3520/3920, GEOS3524/3924, GEOS3009/3909, GEOS3014/3914, GEOS3101/3901, ENVI3111, ENVI3112.


Entry into fourth year Honours will require completion of units in Intermediate and Senior Geography units (to be passed at the level of credit or better) and a satisfactory WAM. In some years when the number of applicants exceeds resources (availability of supervisors, laboratory space etc) offers will be made according to academic merit. Students will be notified in January of their formal acceptance into the Honours programme.

Honours contacts

Honours coordinator: Associate Professor Bill Pritchard

Phone: +61 2 9351 3309
Deputy Honours coordinator: Dr Derek Wyman
Phone: +61 2 9351 2924

Contact and further information


Phone: +61 2 9351 2912
School of Geosciences
Room 348, Madsen Building F09
University of Sydney
NSW 2006