Honours in Geographical Sciences

An Honours in Geographical Sciences provides you with the skills and knowledge to engage in the advanced analysis of spatial patterns and processes in natural and built environments. It provides you with training in conceptual methodological approaches to geographical inquiry, and develops an appreciation of the links between theory and practice in geography. You will also engage in an independent research project on a topic of geographical significance.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) undertake independent research design, data collection and data analysis; (2) communicate ideas, concepts and research findings in a succinct and effective manner via written, verbal and visual methods; and (3) work independently, think and act laterally and use their initiative to resolve issues and problems encountered during the research process.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Geographical Sciences major in the Bachelor of Science or the Human Geography and Planning major in the Bachelor of Arts or the Environmental Geography and Planning major in the Bachelor of Environmental Design

Intake periods: Beginning of year only

Honours in Geographical Sciences can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Take all units (24 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2GEOG5011Dissertation (Geography, Planning, Environment and Development) Part 1
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent
or
above in one of the following units: GEOG5550 Research Design, SOCS5003 Research Design, MIXD4001 Designing Social Research
or
MIXD5005 Designing Social Research and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2GEOG5012Dissertation (Geography, Planning, Environment and Development) Part 2
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
GEOG5011 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2GEOG5013Dissertation (Geography, Planning, Environment and Development) Part 3
Prerequisites:
MIXD5005 Designing Social Research GEOG5011 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1 GEOG5012 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2MIXD5005Designing Social Research
Prerequisites:
for the following postgraduate course students (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy): completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units; for other students: none.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
SOCS5003 Research Design (ID 5135) BUSN4403 Business Research Methodology (ID 1661) GEOG5550 Research Design (ID 6181) EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (ID 3078)
Group A—take unit(s) to the value of at least 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or
72520 Master of Biological Science
or
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
72550 Master of Geoscience
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or
71520 Master of Biomedical Science
or
71580 Master of Biotechnology
or
71570 Master of Geographic Information Science
or
73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or
73550 Master of Business Psychology
or
70550 Master of Bioinformatics
or
71590 Master of Oceanography
or
74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science and Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics and Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-CONBI Conservation Biology
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology
or
HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
or
HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or
HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science
or
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or
72520 Master of Biological Science
or
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or
73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or
70550 Master of Bioinformatics
or
74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics
or
74540 Master of Marine Biology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
Unit(s) SCIE4401 Data Use in Science
or
Unit(s) ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Group B—take unit(s) to the value of 18 points (at least one of which is Level 4):

If both SCIE4401 and SCIE4402 are taken, then take units to the value of 12 points from Group B.

AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
NSEART4415Coastal Hazards and Adaptation
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71590 Master of Oceanography
or
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
62540 Master of Ocean Leadership
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1ENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or
71570 Master of Geographic Information Science
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology
or
HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or
HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or
72520 Master of Biological Science
or
71570 Master of Geographic Information Science
or
HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or
HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2ENVT4421Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or
HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or
25530 Master of Urban Design
or
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
12250 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning
or
13550 Master of Environmental Planning
Co-requisites:
Enrolment in 72530 Master of Environmental Science And Enrolment in Unit(s) ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Or
Enrolment in HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
Or
HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
Or
25530 Master of Urban Design
Or
12250 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning
Or
13550 Master of Environmental Planning
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) ENVT4404 Environmental Planning and Management
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
NS, S1, S2PLNG5410Geography, Planning, Environment and Development Practicum
Prerequisites:
All other core units of your study programme and approval of the unit co-ordinator and programme co-ordinator (Dr. Linda Robson)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2PLNG5411Urban and Regional Analysis
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Curriculum Studies (32510)
or
Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (32310)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560)
or
Master of International Development (71550)
or
Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
enrolment in Master of Environmental Planning (13550)
or
enrolment in honours in the Faculty of Science and students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) must have completed 24 points.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
N/APLNG5510Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning
Prerequisites:
At least 24 points at masters level 4
or
level 5 including any two Master of Urban and Regional Planning units,
or
approval of the Unit Coordinator.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/APLNG5512Regional Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.