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Master of Geography (MC-GEOG)

Masters (Coursework)Year: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Award titleMaster of Geography
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code092792A
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 9
Credit points200 credit points
Duration24 months full time or 48 months part time

The Master of Geography is a two-year, full-time degree that allows students to significantly extend their undergraduate specialisation in geography (or a related field). Students can specialise in one of three geography streams and chose either a coursework only option (no research project) or one of two coursework-plus-thesis options (with a 50 pt or 100 pt research project). The capstone experience is provided through the study of geography’s methods and techniques applied to various geographic problems, as well as either the Geography Practical or Research Project. Discipline electives include numerous field-based subjects, where students gain field skills, which are at the heart of applied geography. Students opting for coursework plus research project choose a topic in a field of their choice under the supervision of one or more academic supervisors. The Research Project lays the foundations for possible PhD study or research-related positions in the workforce.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • An undergraduate degree with a course WAM of 70 or above, with a major in Geography or any of the following related disciplines: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Environmental Science; Earth, Ocean and/or Atmospheric Science; Zoology; Anthropology; Urban Studies; Social Science; Economics; Political Science.

The field of Geography overlaps and complements many areas of study across both the social and physical sciences, so potential applicants who are in doubt about their background are strongly encouraged to contact the coordinator.

Entry is subject to the capacity of the department to provide adequate supervision in, and resources for, a research project appropriate to the interests and preparation of the individual student, and may be subject to the agreement of a member of academic staff to supervise the project module.

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Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • academic background;
  • WAM;

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providingsupport to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, students should:

  • be familiar with the latest research developments in their chosen field of geographic inquiry;
  • be able to develop research questions from a critical reading of a body of literature;
  • be able to design and implement a field, laboratory and/or literature/archival-based research project; and
  • gain an understanding of major conceptual debates in physical and/or human geography, and their implications for research methodology.

Generic skills

The Master of Geography allows students to enhance the following generic skills (depending on the course structure chosen):

  • research skills, particularly in the conception, design and implementation of a research project.
  • communication skills, particularly: the oral and written defence of a research proposal (including the intellectual basis of the research design, justification of the methods to be used, and potential shortcomings); oral communication of research results; written communication of entire research via the thesis; and development of presentation skills at conferences and workshops where such opportunities are made available to the student.
  • project management, as it relates to the planning of the research, from conception, through implementation to presentation.
  • critical analysis skills, specifically as it relates to reviewing literature and interrogating the student’s research results as well as those of others.
  • observation and practical skills, particularly in relation to the conduct of field work, where such opportunities are available.
  • self-assurance skills, particularly in developing a student’s confidence in tackling an independent research project and independent coursework study.
  • team work and engagement skills, particularly as they relate to the enhancing of the intellectual relationship between student and supervisor, and between student, his/her peers and the wider academic environment.

Graduate attributes

Graduates will:

  • have the ability to demonstrate advanced independent critical enquiry, analysis and reflection;
  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s);
  • reach a high level of achievement in writing, research or project activities, problem-solving and communication;
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines;
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment; and
  • be able to initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces.

Course structure

Master of Geography is a 200 point program. The course can be taken under one of three following structures:

Coursework only

  • Discipline Core (25 pt)
  • Geography Practical (12.5 pt)
  • Discipline electives (137.5 pt)
  • Professional Skills subjects (25 pt)

Coursework plus minor research thesis

  • Discipline core (25 pt);
  • Discipline electives (100 pt)
  • Professional skills subjects (25 pt)
  • Minor research thesis (50 pt)

Coursework plus major research thesis

  • Discipline core (25 pt);
  • Discipline electives (50 or 62.5 pt)
  • Professional skills subjects (12.5 or 25 pt)
  • Major research thesis (100 pt)

Subject options

Discipline Core subjects

All students must take both of the following:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG90018 Contemporary Geographical Thought
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90029 Research Methods in Geography
February
12.5

Additional Discipline Core

Coursework-only students must also take the following:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG90028 Geography Practical
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Discipline Electives

Students must complete Discipline Electives subject from within one of three geography streams:

  • Physical Geography;
  • Human Geography;
  • Integrated Geography.

Note: At least 12.5 pt of field classes is strongly recommended; students are permitted to take up to two 300-level subjects.

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Physical Geography Stream

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG30021 The Disaster Resilient City
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG30022 Riverine Landscapes: Hydrology & Ecology
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG30027 Local Sites, Global Connections
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90004 Climate Change Politics and Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90005 Environmental Policy
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
November
12.5
FOOD90034 Sustainable Food Production
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90003 Integrated River & Catchment Management
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90007 China Field Class PG
June
25
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90024 Coastal Landforms and Management Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90026 Global Climate Change In Context
February
12.5
GEOG90027 Biogeography and Ecology of Fire
Summer Term
12.5
GEOM90008 Foundations of Spatial Information
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ATOC90002 Climate Science for Decision-Making
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90019 Indigenous Land Management Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90025 East Timor Field Class
March
12.5

Human Geography Stream

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG30019 Sustainable Development
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG30021 The Disaster Resilient City
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG30022 Riverine Landscapes: Hydrology & Ecology
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG30024 Africa: Environment, Development, People
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG30027 Local Sites, Global Connections
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90003 The Political Ecology of Development Not available in 2019 12.5
ENST90004 Climate Change Politics and Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90005 Environmental Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90002 Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
November
12.5
FOOD90034 Sustainable Food Production
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90007 China Field Class PG
June
25
GEOG90020 Risk Management and Public Participation Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90021 Conservation and Cultural Environments
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOM90008 Foundations of Spatial Information
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ATOC90002 Climate Science for Decision-Making
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90019 Indigenous Land Management Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90025 East Timor Field Class
March
12.5
PHIL90029 Climate Ethics
Semester 2
12.5
ASIA90016 China and the Environment
Semester 2
12.5

Integrated Geography stream

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG30019 Sustainable Development
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG30021 The Disaster Resilient City
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG30022 Riverine Landscapes: Hydrology & Ecology
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG30024 Africa: Environment, Development, People
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG30027 Local Sites, Global Connections
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90003 The Political Ecology of Development Not available in 2019 12.5
ENST90004 Climate Change Politics and Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90005 Environmental Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90002 Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
November
12.5
FOOD90034 Sustainable Food Production
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90003 Integrated River & Catchment Management
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90007 China Field Class PG
June
25
GEOG90020 Risk Management and Public Participation Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90021 Conservation and Cultural Environments
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90024 Coastal Landforms and Management Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90026 Global Climate Change In Context
February
12.5
GEOG90027 Biogeography and Ecology of Fire
Summer Term
12.5
GEOM90008 Foundations of Spatial Information
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ATOC90002 Climate Science for Decision-Making
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90019 Indigenous Land Management Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90025 East Timor Field Class
March
12.5
PHIL90029 Climate Ethics
Semester 2
12.5
ASIA90016 China and the Environment
Semester 2
12.5

Professional Skills subjects

Coursework only and Coursework with minor research thesis students much complete 25 points of the listed Professional Skills subjects.

Coursework plus major research thesis students can complete between 12.5 to 25 points of the listed Professional Skills subjects.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BUSA90403 Business Tools: Money People & Processes
September
12.5
BUSA90471 Business Tools: The Market Environment Not available in 2019 12.5
MAST90045 Systems Modelling and Simulation
Semester 1
12.5
SCIE90005 Ethics and Responsibility in Science
Semester 1
12.5
MAST90044 Thinking and Reasoning with Data
Semester 1
12.5
SCIE90012 Science Communication
Semester 2
12.5
SCIE90013 Communication for Research Scientists
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MULT90012 Industry Project in Science Not available in 2019 12.5

Research Project

Note: There is no research project for students taking the coursework-only option

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Coursework plus minor research thesis:

The minor thesis (50 pt) will be taken over the final two semesters of enrolment, beginning the Monday of the first semester of research project enrolment (semester 1 or 2) and continuing until the end of the final semester of research project enrolment. The research project work continues over summer or winter breaks, minus annual recreation leave of 4 weeks. For how long and at what time within the enrolment the actual period of leave is to be taken needs to be negotiated with a student's supervisor.

The thesis will be due for submission by the end of the formal examination period of the final semester of research project enrolment (usually the fourth semester of the student’s M Geography candidature), if an earlier date is not specified. The assessment requirements below are applicable to the entire 50-point Research Project. All assessment pieces are individual tasks:

  • A 4,000 word written research proposal modelled on a research grant application style, due by week 8 of the first semester of research project enrolment. 12.5% of final project mark.
  • A 20 minutes oral research proposal seminar due by week 8 of the first semester of research project enrolment. 12.5% of final project mark.
  • A 20 minute research results seminar due week 11 of the second semester of research project enrolment. 12.5% % of final project mark.
  • A 12,500-word thesis by the end of the formal examination period of the second semester of research project enrolment. 62.5% of final project mark.

Students select their research project load in consultation with their project supervisor and the program coordinator, and must enrol in at least 12.5 points of research project per semester except in extraordinary circumstances (e.g. supervisor being on sabbatical leave) where permission of the program coordinator is given. Therefore, in each semester students must be enrolled in one of the subjects listed below (all of which are offered in both semesters):

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG90030 Geography Minor Research Project Part 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90031 Geography Minor Research Project Part 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90032 Geography Minor Research Project Part 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90033 Geography Minor Research Project Part 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
37.5

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Coursework plus major research thesis:

The major thesis (100 pt) will be taken over four consecutive semesters and will begin on the Monday of the first semester of research project enrolment (semester 1 or 2) and continue until the end of the final semester of research project enrolment. The research project work continues over summer and winter breaks, minus recreation leave of 4 weeks per year. For how long and at what time within the enrolment the actual period of leave is to be taken needs to be negotiated with a student's supervisor.

The thesis will be due for submission at the end of the formal examination period of the final semester of research project enrolment (usually the fourth semester), if an earlier date is not specified. The assessment requirements below are applicable to the entire 100-point Research Project. All assessment pieces are individual tasks:

  • A full literature review of 5,000 words, due at the end of the first semester of research: value 12.5% of final project mark
  • A research 4,000 word proposal modelled on a research grant application style, and research proposal seminar, due by week 4 and week 11 respectively of the second semester of research: value 12.5% of final project mark
  • A 20 minute research results seminar due week 11 of the final (fourth) semester of research project enrolment. 12.5% of final project mark.
  • A 25,000-word thesis by the end of the formal examination period of the final (fourth) semester of research project enrolment. 62.5% of final project mark.

Students select their research project load in consultation with their project supervisor and the program coordinator, and must enrol in at least 12.5 points of research project per semester except in extraordinary circumstances (e.g. supervisor being on sabbatical leave) where permission of the program coordinator is given.

EXAMPLE:

  • GEOG90036 Geography Research Project pt1 (12.5pts)
  • GEOG90040 Geography Research Project pt2 (12.5pts)
  • GEOG90045 Geography Research Project pt3 (25pts)
  • GEOG90051 Geography Research Project pt4 (50pts)

Therefore, in each semester students must be enrolled in one of the subjects listed below (all of which are offered in both semesters):

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG90036 Geography Research Project Part 1
March
July
12.5
GEOG90040 Geography Research Project Part 2
January
July
12.5
GEOG90045 Geography Research Project Part 3
January
July
25
GEOG90046 Geography Research Project Part 3
January
July
37.5
GEOG90050 Geography Research Project Part 4
January
July
37.5
GEOG90051 Geography Research Project Part 4
January
July
50

Last updated: 3 April 2019