University of Canterbury

24 months
24668 USD/year
4840 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Geography at University of Canterbury is an exciting and distinctive discipline at the interface between Science and Arts. Its focus is on putting various types of knowledge together to find innovative solutions to problems faced by society such as climate change, poverty, sustainability, health, and inequality.


Studying Geography will allow you to take an informed and analytical view of our changing world, and of your place in it. The relationship between people and their environment is a key geographical theme, as is the way in which this relationship can be made more sustainable for the future. This puts Geography at the core of many important current debates. For example, geographers are able to examine the issue of climate change holistically by looking at both the physical factors that affect the problem and also the human responses to the challenges created.

Why study Geography at University of Canterbury?

  • UC is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Geography and Area Studies 
  • The undergraduate programme is structured around four curriculum pathways: physical geography, human geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and resource and environmental management.
  • Learning through community engagement occurs in a number of courses within Geography. It is a key feature of GEOG110 Human Geography: People, Process, Place, and GEOG309 Research Methods in Geography which involves students working with local communities to address important real-world issues.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Environmental Change
  • Physical Geography: Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere
  • Human Geography: People, Process, Place
  • Environmental Processes: Principles and Applications
  • Globalisation and New Geographies
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Resource and Environmental Management
  • Remote sensing for geospatial analysis
  • Environmental Processes: Research Practice
  • Remaking the New Europe

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

It is recommended to apply as early as possible in advance of your intended start date, to allow for visa and other arrangements. 




240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entry into Geography is open to all students who are eligible to enter an Aotearoa New Zealand university. The essential background is a lively and enquiring interest in change in today's world.
  • Some experience of geography in Year 12 and Year 13 will help, but is not strictly necessary. Depending on how students wish to develop their geographical interests, a background in science or experience of humanities or social science subjects (eg, languages, history, digital technologies) can be useful.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24668 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24668 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4840 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Students - 7,535 NZD
  • International Students -38,400 NZD


Scholarships, grants and awards are a great way to fund your university study.

Student loans and allowances

For domestic students, the most common option for funding your study is the New Zealand government's student loans and allowances. Here you can learn more about what they cover, and how to apply.

Overseas financial aid

If you are an international student coming to UC, you may be eligible for tuition or other financial aid from your home country, so make sure to check all your overseas financial aid options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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