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Physical Geography, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #196 (QS) Wollongong, Australia
The Physical Geography programme offered by the University of Wollongong  is a flexible three year degree which allows you to choose from a variety of majors. In addition to these majors, opportunities exist for you to select additional minors to explore other areas of study.
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The  Physical Geography programme offered by the University of Wollongong includes fieldwork, practical experience and research. Your learning experience will take advantage of Wollongong’s superb setting amidst a variety of landscapes, soils and rivers, as well as freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems unique to the Illawarra. 

You will learn a range of skills and techniques, including landform interpretation, geochemistry and geochronology in addition to the application of the latest technologies in spatial sciences, such as global positioning, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (drones and earth observation satellites). 

This degree will present wide-ranging career pathways which may include coastal or estuarine management officer, environmental consultant, spatial data officer, hydrologist, soil scientist and geoscientist.

Career opportunities

  • Research Officer 
  • Heritage Officer 
  • Policy/Project Officer 
  • Hydrologist and Recreation Planner 
  • Geospatial Intelligence Officer 
  • Market Researcher 
  • Cartographer 
  • Climatologist
  • Ranger 
  • Environmental Health Officer 
  • International Aid Officer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3.5 years if commencing in Spring Session.

    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

       7 years if commencing in Spring Session.

  • Credits
    144 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Planet Earth
  • Earth's Dynamic Surface
  • Earth's Interconnected Spheres
  • Climate Change
  • Living in a Material World

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
  • In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.
  • CRICOS: 003283D

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31728 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 95184 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. 

Living costs for Wollongong

  • 1600 - 2200 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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