The Dorothy Urlich-Cloher School of Environment

PGDipSci/PGDipArts in Geography

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science or Arts is a one year full time programme of study comprising 120 points which is started in either semester one or semester two and is made up of eight courses.

All students who are intending to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Science programme must have their programme of study approved by the Geography Postgraduate Adviser.


Geography Postgraduate Adviser

Entry requirements

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) requires students to have completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, while the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) requires students to have completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. All students must have at least a C+ average in their best three geography courses at Stage III.


Planning your Geography Postgraduate Diploma in Science or Arts

No 300 level courses may be included in these programmes. A full time course programme is structured in the following way:

Compulsory course:

And for PGDipSci and PGDipArts at least five courses from the following:

And for PGDipSci and PGDip Arts:

Up to two courses from 700 level courses as approved by the Geography Postgraduate Adviser.


Additional information

Geography is in large part a field based discipline and depending on the courses that are selected postgraduate students may be required to spend a good deal of time carrying out field work. Many courses in Physical Geography in particular emphasise fieldwork, but several other courses include a fieldwork component.

Laboratory work
Some courses, especially in Computational Geography and Physical Geography, are laboratory based. In the case of Geographic Information Science (GIScience) courses, informal laboratory sessions may be needed in addition to regular labs to complete assignments.

Further study after honours level
Students with appropriately high honours results may be eligible to proceed to PhD enrolment.


Designing your personal programme

The Geography programme offers a large number of postgraduate courses, which means some choices have to be made. Deciding however, is never easy. Here are a few tips that may smooth the process of making up your mind.

Many students find they are worried by several concerns, prerequisites, their subject preferences, their mix of courses, job prospects and courses outside Geography. The following may assist.

Do I easily meet the prerequisites?
Do not try to take on a course that is going to cause you a lot of stress. If in doubt about prerequisites, talk to the Course Coordinator.

Does it really interest me? Is it likely to help me sort out a thesis topic if I go on to a Masters degree?
If you found a topic exciting in the third year, sign up. Postgraduate study is the time to see how far you can go with a subject.

Do I have a clear idea of what I want to do?
If you do, try to combine courses that build on earlier studies as this will add depth to your university education and prepare you for your thesis research.

Do I wish to extend my understanding in a specialist area?
One advantage of taking a postgraduate course in another discipline is that you can further tailor your degree to your needs and interests. The drawbacks are that many students find it harder to do as well as they do in Geography, and it restricts what courses you might take in Geography. Students considering a course outside Geography must discuss the matter with the Postgraduate Adviser.