Geography at the University of Melbourne is one of the top-ranking programs of its kind in Australia and New Zealand. Our academic staff enjoy international reputations for their scholarship and engage in original research, including collaborative research with local and international colleagues.
Geography is about the relationship between society and the environment. It integrates both the physical and social sciences to provide students with the skills and conceptual frameworks needed to understand the processes that shape the world around us. Areas of research include social, cultural and economic geography, feminist geographies, urban geography, development studies, Asian studies, indigenous studies, environmental policy and management, plant and animal ecology, and geomorphology. Geography enables students to gain practical and relevant experience by working with staff who apply up-to-the-minute knowledge in a variety of real situations including practical laboratory classes, field trips, and group project work. These practical activities provide opportunities for students to develop transferable skills and to benefit from the leadership of peers, public responsibility and community participation, mentoring, and professional skill development, all of which are highly desirable attributes in the market place. A variety of prospective career pathways is available to students of geography that draw on the analytical and research knowledge gained in this area of study. Alternatively, students are able to expand on their interest and knowledge through an articulated structure of higher degree study at the University of Melbourne.