Geography and Geographical Science has never been more relevant or important to society and its future. With the global population set to expand from seven billion to nine billion in the next 50 years, humans will be influenced by the environment more than ever.

Along with population growth, other global issues that geographers tackle include climate change, loss of biodiversity, land degradation and food and water security. Geographers study patterns and processes of natural and built environments and of human activities, and their causes and consequences. And they collect, analyse and report this information to enable informed decision making. 

You can study physical geography, human geography and spatial information science within three of our undergraduate programs, and you can specialise in geographic information science at the postgraduate level.

You'll develop your understanding, apply practical skills, and draw on your analytical laboratory experience on our field trips within Queensland. Our intensive international field study courses to destinations such as Vietnam will also give you the chance to undertake a comparative study of contemporary society, demography, and environmental and planning issues.

Why choose Geography at UQ?

UQ is ranked #30 in the world and #37 in the world for geography, according to respected global league tables - so you'll learn from some of the world's leading experts.

A degree qualification in geography subjects will prepare you for a range of challenging and exciting roles in Australia and overseas, in areas as wide-ranging as natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation and ecotourism, to environmental consultancy, monitoring and pollution control.

Geographic Information Science graduates leave us with skills that extend across disciplines and professions including ecology, mineral and oil exploration, health, urban and regional planning, mathematics, cartography, surveying and environmental science.

Postgraduate programs

Master of Geographic Information Science (#24)

Master of Geographic Information Science (#32)

Diploma in Science (domestic students only)

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science

Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science

Application information

For answers to frequently asked questions, and information about programs, applications, fees and student life, visit UQ's Future Students website.

Higher degrees by research

We offer the following higher degree by research (HDR) programs:

Find out more about our higher degrees by research.

Watch our video

John Tasker is studying Geographical Science at UQ
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