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Geography, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #194 (WUR) ,
Teaching and research in Geography at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg   closely engages with the southern African region while drawing on broad theoretical frameworks and global matters such as global climate change, global environmental policy and global development agendas.



Majoring in Geography at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg  provides a grounding in:

  • Environmental change - from land degradation to environmental management.
  • Environmental policy - including global and national environmental agendas, shortfalls, and policy implementation.
  • Earth systems - from climate studies and meteorology, to earth surface processes, to earth’s biodiversity and
  • ecosystems.
  • Human society - looking at economic development, climate and society, cultural geography and urban dynamics.

Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing - foundation courses in GIS and Remote Sensing are carried out in our GIS labs during the second and third years of study.

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Urban and Rural Development
  • Climate Change and Carbon Credit
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Hydrology
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Food Security
  • Meteorology and Weather Forecasting
  • Geomorphology
  • Tourism development
  • Water or Aquatic Resources Management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Environmental Change
  • Landscapes of Southern Africa
  • Space and Society
  • Atmospheric Science

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

General Requirements

  • APS 40+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
  • Level 5
  • Mathematics
  • Level 5
  • Wait-listing
  • Applicants with 38-39 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50460 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    50460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50460 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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 R 50460

Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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