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Why study Geography?

Geography is a blend of social and environmental sciences concerned with the study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these.

A geography degree at Otago will equip you with sought-after skills in information gathering, data analysis and critical assessment, which will serve you well no matter what career you choose.

Geography at Otago

At Otago, Geography may be taken as the major subject for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or for the Bachelor of Science (BSc). In addition many students enrol for undergraduate papers in Geography while pursuing other studies, including Law, Commerce, Botany, Geology, Surveying, Physical Education, Tourism and Education.

The undergraduate programme in Geography provides a firm grounding in the social, economic and physical aspects of the environment.

The study of Geography falls into three main areas:

  • Human Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Management

Detailed information about Geography papers.

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Background required

There are no subjects you have to have in order to study Geography – you don’t even have to have studied it at school.

Career opportunities

Graduates enjoy an unusually large number of career opportunities, for example:

  • There are opportunities in Central Government for geography graduates across a wide range of ministries and departments, including researching and writing reports and developing and monitoring policy in areas such as environment, agriculture, tourism and the economy.
  • Roles in Local Government in areas such as planning and conservation, environmental monitoring, natural hazards or identifying new areas for business development.
  • Private sector jobs in marketing, tourism and transport, planning and resource consultancy.