What will I learn?

Human Geography is a social science that studies the world, its people, communities and cultures with an emphasis on relations of space and place, combined with a focus on field work, in both teaching and research.

Human Geographers find solutions to issues around climate change, economic development, environmental management, population and cultural change, and urban, rural and regional planning. You'll study conflicts and tensions, consider scientific evidence, critically analyse policy, and identify solutions with environmental sustainability and social justice in mind. As a Human Geographer you'll make essential contributions to environmental management, urban planning, and processes of social and economic change.

This degree

The UOW Bachelor of Social Science (Human Geography) involves a common foundation of compulsory social science and human geography subjects in first year. You will have the opportunity to complement your degree with a minor study area from any field in the University offering cross-faculty enrolment. You can also study electives abroad, or stay local and undertake activities to build your cross-cultural communication skills.

What you will study

Foundational subjects in social science include social determinants of health, human geography, sociology, interdisciplinary competencies and career ready learning. During your second and third years you'll focus on local and international field work, the emergence and future of the megacity, population growth and change in both Australian and international contexts, qualitative research design, practical job seeking seminars, human-environment interactions, and environmental and heritage management.

Why choose this course

UOW Social Sciences is an innovative discipline giving you expertise in research, and practical knowledge of social systems and practices in diverse environments. Our Social Science academics are at the forefront of their specialisations. They're accredited professionals, published authors and respected researchers who are connected to their professional research networks. They take all this experience with them to the classroom to enrich and guide your learning experience.

Career opportunities

Research Officer

Heritage Officer

Policy/Project Officer


Tourism and Recreation Planner

Geospatial Intelligence Officer

Market Researcher




Environmental Health Officer

International Aid Officer

Which department am I in?

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,592.00 (14,23,555) per year
AUD $79,776 for the entire course; Session fees: AUD $13,296

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022, 25 July 2022


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission into this degree you need to have completed an undergraduate degree. The UOW School of Law requires a minimum average mark of 70% (or GPA/WAM equivalent). If an applicant has a mark that is lower, then the school may consider other factors such as: The nature of any previous course of study and the subjects undertaken therein Relevant professional experience Any personal statement provided by the applicant.

For international students

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 6.5, reading 6.5, writing 6.5, listening 6.0, speaking 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 86, reading 22, writing 22, listening 17, speaking 17; PTE Academic overall score of 62, All bands 54

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

University of Wollongong offers below pathways courses for this subject

About University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready and enjoys an excellent international reputation for teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality
  • Offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries
  • Provides students top-class sporting facilities
  • Annually welcomes almost 6000 international students