Study Geography and Planning

Geography is the study of interactions between human society, the natural and built environments, and the places that are produced from these interrelationships. Urban and regional planning is about shaping the places in which we live, work and play.

Geographers address the big issues facing society; from understanding migration patterns, investigating social and economic inequality, exploring the condition of our inland rivers, to forecasting the likely impact of climate change and sea level rise on coastal towns and cities. It draws together knowledge, theory and methods from the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Planners help design the future of our cities, towns and regions, and create places that are attractive, environmentally sustainable and economically efficient. Planning students learn about development, the environment, transport, urban design, architecture, the economy, law, heritage, climate change, housing, society and culture, tourism and shopping.

Each year, more planners graduate from UNE than from any other Australian university.

Undergraduate and postgraduate study

Study on campus in Armidale or fully online in your own home, or abroad.

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Career options for Geography and Planning graduates

Because of the wide-ranging importance and nature of the discipline, geographers and planners are keenly sought after to work in a variety of exciting fields, in both the public and private sectors. Careers for graduates include:

  • environmental consultants
  • geographical information system (GIS) officers
  • local government planners
  • hydrologists
  • community development agents
  • environmental scientists
  • policy advisers.

Planning has historically been one of the most in-demand professions in Australia, with excellent career prospects. Planners work in local, state or federal government. Others work in private sector consultancy firms, or run their own consultancy business.

Partnerships and networks

Geography and Planning staff partner and network with a range of national and international associations, enabling them to remain at the forefront of scholarship in their fields of teaching and research.

Further information

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