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Geography is a discipline that investigates environments of different kinds (urban, built, natural) by asking what processes, operating at different scales, have created those environments. It also focuses on places, asking why places have the characteristics they do.  A key strength of Geography is the way it invites the physical and social sciences into conversation, to respond to questions about spatial processes, both physical and social, and the nature of places. Many Geographers see their discipline as making important contributions to the creation of more just societies and more sustainable environments.

As geographers we are committed to enriching and communicating knowledge about the diversity of human and environment relations and making important contributions to the creation of just societies and sustainable environments. We do this through our teaching, research and our broader engagement with community, industry, government, national and international organisations and the scholarly community.

International engagement

International engagements generating vibrant teaching, research, organisational and community networks underpin our approach to a globally engaged geographical scholarship.

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We invite you to be one of our valued philanthropic supporters and be part of the next generation of donors who view research as an investment in the future.

To discuss opportunities to support research, scholarships for students, or early career researchers, please contact Science Advancement – Penny Fairbank, Senior Development Manager: or call +61 (0)3 8344 3792.

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The School of Geography at the University of Melbourne is embarking on an exciting period of growth. This follows its move into the Science Faculty at the start of 2015, and the recognition there of the importance of Geography’s capacity to work in and across both the social and natural sciences.

At Melbourne you can undertake a Geography major as part of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. These lead  on to various Masters and PhD programs and a diversity of career opportunities.

Our current areas of world-leading research strength include international development, urbanisation, biogeography and earth surface processes, with an overarching interest in environment and environmental change. We are also embarking on a new specialisation in health geography. An important element of teaching and learning within the School is to acknowledge Indigenous connections to country.

Geography has been taught at the University for more than 50 years (for more on our history, see here). Whether you join our journey as a student, a researcher, a community/industry collaborator, or all three, we look forward to your participation in the next fifty years.

Professor Lesley Head

Head of School