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Why Study Geography?

Geography provides a basis for comprehending and managing many of the issues facing New Zealand and the World – environmental conservation and degradation, social and economic structures, development regions, demographic influences on society, the spatial characteristics and problems of cities and rural areas, atmosphere and management of water, soil, air and biological resources. By studying such themes in different contexts and places, geography helps break down insularity and contributes to international understanding while providing its students with a wide range of vocationally relevant skills, for instance: information gathering, data analysis and critical assessment.

Our flexible degree programmes enable you to choose your specialisation. You can focus on topics across the geography discipline or specialise in areas of either human or physical geography. Your tailor made degree is targeted to take you where you want it to go.

Topics covered by Geography papers

Geography papers embrace a range of disciplines or sub-disciplines that make a Geographer sought after both in New Zealand and internationally.

These disciplines are largely focused on:

Physical Geography

  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Hydrology
  • Biogeography

Human Geography

  • People, Environment and Development
  • People, Place and Power
  • People, Communities and Sustainability
  • People, Space and Contestation

Environmental Management

  • The nature and causes of environmental problems
  • Concepts and methods for managing the environment
  • Environmental management in New Zealand and overseas
  • Science, human values, and environmental concerns    


A variety of qualifications are available through the School of Geography

Schedule of Papers - 2024

We offer a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate papers in Geography

Environment and Society papers

See the full list of papers in Environment and Society

The combination of dual Geography 200/300 levels normally alternate on a 2-year cycle.

Geography papers

See the list of 100 level papers

See the list of 200 level papers

See the list of 300 level papers

See the list of 400 level papers

Planning papers

See the full list of papers in Planning

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