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Geographical Science

Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical thinking and teach you how to apply advanced GIS techniques to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues facing today’s modern world.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With an advanced science qualification, you’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.


3 in Australia for geography

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

17 in the world for geography

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Geoscientist
  • Environmental management team lead
  • Spatial data specialist
  • Geospatial application developer
  • Geospatial officer
  • Biodiversity project officer
  • Geography teacher

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2022, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Advanced Geographical Information Systems
  • Global Change: Problems & Prospects
  • Geospatial Processing & Web Mapping
  • Climatology and Hydrology

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