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

  • Why Study Honours?

    Undergraduate Geography, Environment and Population courses build a groundwork of a great deal of useful and relevant material, teaching many research techniques. Building upon this foundation, the Honours program enhances these skills and exposes students to new challenges.

    In the Honours year, one begins to progress from the general competence demonstrated by the foundation degree, towards a measure of professional competence in a particular field. Students will become familiar with the philosophy and methodology of the subject area and its place among related subject areas; and most importantly, will have the challenge of producing a substantial dissertation addressing a real research problem.

    The expected outcome is a much deeper knowledge of the substantive area of the dissertation research.

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

  • 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.

    Application can be made towards the end of semester 2, and the Committee meets to consider all applications and offers after the examination period at the end of the academic year.

    When you are ready, complete an application form online.

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

    If you are considering Honours in Geography, Environment and Population, please take the time to browse the current Honours Handbook (below) to get an idea of the program stucture and the requirements of students throughout their Honours studies.

  • 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 to study. If you are interested in a subject not listed here then approach an individual staff member or the Honours Coordinator.

  • Who to Contact

    The 2017 Honours Coordinator is Dr Yan Tan.

Department of Geography, Environment & Population



T: +61 8 8313 5643