Geography Major (BA) | Curtin University
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Study Geography at Curtin


Undergraduate Major


Geography Major (BA)


Analyse opportunities and threats that arise from urbanisation, globalisation and climate change.

Study Geography at Curtin

Stephanie Harris

The Geography course emphasises experiencing what you are taught in class. I had the opportunity to travel to a remote Indigenous community in the Pilbara to conduct research on Indigenous employment. I also visited Papua New Guinea for six weeks, through a New Colombo Plan scholarship. Both were amazing experiences that gave me insight into different cultures and ways of living.

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Curtin’s geography courses are ranked in the top 200 in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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Geographers are social and environmental scientists who help improve our understanding of the world. They're interested in the convergence of people and the environment, and in our relationships with urban, rural, regional and remote spaces.

In this course you will gain the skills to address major issues such as climate change, growth of cities, bushfires, food security and changing communities.

You'll explore migration changes, social movements and contests over space and place. You'll develop analytical and practical fieldwork skills, such as interviewing and surveying, mapping, participant observation and statistical analysis, recording field notes and writing demographic reports. You'll also learn spatial analysis and mapping using ARCGIS and other software.

You'll apply your learning to local environments during fieldtrips within Perth, Fremantle and the Wheatbelt. Your studies will benefit from our strong links with local communities and industries, as well as our Sustainable Livelihoods program with Papua New Guinea.

Geography is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a second major or choose from a range of elective units that support your career goals.

When coupled with Economics you can complete this major as part of our Bachelor of Arts or our Bachelor of Commerce. Your choice will determine your core units.

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

See our handbook for more course information.

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • There is a worldwide shortage of trained geographers. Employment markets for geographers are growing rapidly.
  • There are diverse job opportunities for geographers, leading to a varied and stimulating career. Our graduates have gone on to work with Landgate, Main Roads, CSIRO and social and environmental consultancies.
  • You'll learn alongside a global student community and be inspired by leading researchers working in Australia and the South-East Asia region.
  • There are opportunities to learn outside the classroom and to study and work abroad.
  • Geography at Curtin has a proud history in human and physical geography developed over 50 years, ensuring your learning is comprehensive and applicable to current and future challenges.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information


  • Bushfire management consultant
  • Community development officer
  • Demographer
  • Environmental assessor
  • Geography teacher*
  • Landcare advisor
  • Natural resource manager
  • Regional development coordinator
  • Spatial analyst
  • Sustainability officer.

* Requires a Master of Teaching in Secondary Education.


  • Disaster management
  • Education
  • Environmental assessment
  • Government
  • International development
  • Natural resource management
  • Regional planning and development
  • Sustainability.

What you'll learn

  • apply interdisciplinary concepts and methods to understanding the environmental, social and economic aspects of development and change; extend the boundaries of knowledge about climate change
  • think creatively to generate innovative solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges
  • access, evaluate and synthesise information from various disciplines and integrate in order to assess human and environmental outcomes
  • communicate effectively for the development of policy solutions that support sustainable development
  • use of current technologies when applied to finding information and making decisions about sustainable development
  • utilise lifelong learning skills and strategies for understanding the impact of change on human activities and the ecology
  • describe the global context of the need for a change to sustainable development; explore best international practices for finding solutions; apply these concepts within a regional/local environment.
  • recognise the importance of cultural diversity, including indigenous perspectives, in understanding and responding to environmental and social challenges
  • work both independently and in teams to find effective policies and ethical solutions to environmental and social issues; show leadership as a professional practitioner or collaborator.

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-GEOGR
  • Last updated on: 17/08/2022