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Building upon the undergraduate groundwork, the Honours program enhances these skills and exposes students to new challenges.

  • Why Study Honours in Geography, Environment and Population?

    Undergraduate Geography, Environment and Population courses build a solid foundation of useful and relevant material, exposing students to a range of research topics. Building upon this, the Honours program enhances these skills and exposes students to the challenges of conducting their own research project.

    In the Honours year, students begin to progress from the general competence demonstrated by the foundation degree, towards a measure of professional competence in a particular field of their interest. Students will become familiar with the philosophy and methodology of the subject area and its place among related subject areas; and will allow students to do in-depth research on a topic of their choice in the form of a dissertation.

    An Honours degree is a necessary qualification for anyone wishing to undertake postgraduate studies by research.

    Studying Honours in Geography, Environment and Population will help you to:

    • Investigate in depth a topic of your own choosing, related to climate change and adaptation, population, migration, urbanisation, transport, ageing, health, housing demand and supply, permaculture, coastal/environmental management, biological thresholds, ecosystem services, risk assessment, tourism, in society, government policy or everyday life.

    • Manage and complete an independent research project.

    • Develop marketable research skills such as project and time management, statistical data analysis, qualitative data analysis, ethics, laboratory etiquette and bibliographic searching.

    • Improve your academic ability and qualify for PhD/Mphil study.

    • Experience learning in an environment where everyone is enthusiastic, capable and dedicated.

    • Improve your employability and competency in the labour market.

  • Application

    Entry to the Honours program in Geography, Environment and Population is based on prior studies. A high credit grade average is the minimum requirement.

    Applications need to be lodged before the middle of December or contact Faculty or Honours coordinator after this time, the Committee will meet to consider all applications after the examination period at the end of the academic year. Offers will be made after this time.

    When you are ready, complete Honours Expression of Interest Form online.

    Should you be offered a place, the Faculty of Arts will contact you with an invitation to enrol .

  • Guide for Writing Dissertations

    Honours dissertations will be assessed in terms of both their content and format. Please consult the publications at

    You can also download the general style guide for writing up dissertations and theses.

  • Possible Honours Topics and Brief Outline of Requirements

    Please see the Supervisors and Topics document for a list of Geography, Environment and Population staff and the topics (or broad areas) they have suggested for your consideration. If you are interested in a topic not listed here please approach an individual staff member or the Honours Coordinator.

  • Who to Contact

    The Honours Coordinator is Associate Professor Yan Tan.

Department of Geography, Environment & Population



T: +61 8 8313 5643