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Honours & Postgraduate Diploma degrees in Geography

Overview

The aim of a Bachelor degree with Honours is to help students become highly skilled, versatile, independent thinkers with the research experience, information literacy, communication and interpersonal skills necessary for an advanced professional career or further academic study at the Master's or PhD level.


Eligibility to the Honours/Postgraduate Diploma degrees

To be eligible for the Bachelor with Honours or Postgraduate Diploma majoring in Geography or Environmental Management you must have:

  • A degree majoring in Geography or Environmental Management or related degree
  • An overall grade average of at least B
  • At least a B+ average over the 300-level papers required for the degree
  • A supervisor for your dissertation / research project

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Choosing a potential supervisor

Productive postgraduate research depends on developing a successful collaboration between student and supervisor. The supervisor, or the principal supervisor in the case of co-supervision, should be an academic staff member in the Department of Geography

Finding a supervisor for your research is a critical task, and before making a commitment to a particular project, students should find out as much as they can. Browse through staff research interests to find out who is most appropriate for your area of interest. It is often best to contact the academic staff member(s) by email asking the supervisor's expectations of students are, and the supervisor's availability over the course of the research.

It is important at the outset to establish that financial or laboratory (if applicable) resources are available to complete the planned research. Generally, the greater the shared interest in the topic of the research, the more likely it is that both the student and the supervisor will be stimulated to work together productively.

Our postgraduate students profiles are also a good place to look for information on the kinds of projects they are currently working on.

Be sure to check the department's research framework for ideas on the kind of work staff are currently undertaking.

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Programme Requirements at Honours level

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Geography

Papers
GEOG 490 Dissertation
Three further 400-level GEOG or DEVS papers


Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Geography

Papers
GEOG 490 Dissertation
Three further 400-level GEOG papers
Prerequisites:
GEOG 380 Field Research Studies

At least three of:
GEOG 387 Topics in Physical Geography
GEOG 388 Climate Change: Present and Future
GEOG 389 Climate Change: The Past
GEOG 390 Soils and the Environment
GEOG 392 Climatology
GEOG 393 Plants, People and the Environment
GEOG 394 Rivers and Runoff
GEOG 395 Geomorphology
GEOG 397 Environmental Management
GEOG 398 Coastal Geomorphology
GEOG 399 Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management


One further 300-level GEOG paper


Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons)) majoring in Environmental Management

Papers
GEOG 490 Dissertation
GEOG 471 Impact Assessment and Sustainability
GEOG 472 Developments in Environmental Management


One further 400-level paper

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Programme Requirements for Postgraduate Diplomas


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) majoring in Geography

Papers
GEOG 490 Dissertation
Three further 400-level GEOG or DEVS papers


Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc) majoring in Geography

Papers
GEOG 470 A Research Topic in Geography
Four further 400-level GEOG papers


Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Sciences (PGDipAppSc) in Environmental Management

Papers
GEOG 470 A Research Topic in Geography
GEOG 471 Impact Assessment and Sustainability
GEOG 472 Developments in Environmental Management


Two further approved 400-level papers

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