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Study Geography at Curtin


Undergraduate Major


Geography Major (BA)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Analyse threats and opportunities arising 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.

Highly ranked course

Curtin’s geography courses were ranked in the top 200 in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Industry links

Opportunities to engage with the Bureau of Meteorology, Canning River Eco Education Centre and Southeast Regional Centre for Urban Landcare.

Geographers are social and physical scientists who continually improve our understanding of the human and physical environments in which we live.

This Geography major explores the relationships between people, places and environments.

You will examine the opportunities and threats that communities are encountering – regarding urbanisation, globalisation and climate change, for example – in local, national and international contexts.

You can explore indigenous rights, migration changes and social movements; effective systems of local, national and international governance; and learn the processes of securing food and energy supplies for those in need.

You’ll also develop essential analytical and practical fieldwork skills, such as interviewing and surveying, mapping, participant observation and statistical analysis, recording field notes and writing demographic reports. This includes training in spatial analysis and mapping using ARCGIS.

This program also provides excellent opportunities to engage with industry – for example, with the Bureau of Meteorology, Canning River Eco Education Centre and the Southeast Regional Centre for Urban Landcare.

Included across all three years of this major is an Employability Program to assist students in considering their employment options and working towards a career in their area of interest.

Geography is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to 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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview 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

  • Enrolling in the Geography major at Curtin places you in a diverse community of students from around the world, surrounded by leading researchers working in the Southeast Asian region and Australia.
  • There is a worldwide shortage of trained geographers, couple this with the rediscovery of the discipline in the education sector and the employment market for geographers is growing.
  • Geography is about being in the field and taking part. There are opportunities to learn outside the classroom and opportunities to study and work abroad.

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


  • Natural resource manager
  • Social assessment officer
  • Regional development coordinator
  • Landcare advisor
  • Environmental assessor
  • Geography Teacher*
  • Planner
  • Sustainability Officer

* after having undertaken a Master of Teaching in Secondary Education.


  • Local government
  • International development
  • Disaster management
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental assessment
  • Education
  • Regional 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.

Entry requirements

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

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

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 65%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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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: October 6, 2020