Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of Study

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Geography and Environmental Science


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Geography and environmental science is concerned with understanding dimensions, complexities and relationships of the physical, human and environmental world. The school has an active research program that provides research training and the foundations for interactions across a range of government, non-government and industry sectors. There are a number of broad research strengths within the school including:

  • urban and regional sustainability is associated with social, cultural, economic, environmental and political change across a range of scales (global to local); dealing with a range of activities (housing, economic development, resource management, sustainability) and contexts (Australia, Africa and Indo-Pacific Region)
  • short and long-term changes in climate, vegetation and the physical and human landscape
  • the socio-political structures shaping human interactions with the biosphere and the exploration of the community governance of environmental and ecological change at the local, national and international scale
  • specialisation in the archaeology of Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait
  • geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, with strong emphasis on scientific applications to environmental and resource management, GIS for mapping and modelling in local government, transport and land use planning applications.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Students complete a 24-point research project and 24 points of coursework.

Core units

  • APG4737 Research project part 1 and APG4738 Research project part 2 (24 pts)
  • ATS4776 Seminar in geography (12 pts)
  • ATS4889 Directed studies in geography (12 pts)
Course coordinator

Dr Stephen Legg

Master of Arts by Research and Coursework

The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry at

The course is intended for students wishing to obtain an internationally accepted research degree in areas such as geography, environment and sustainability, and geographical information systems (GIS), which testifies to high standards of initiative, independence and innovation and which, if gained at a sufficient standard, is accepted as a qualification for admission to the PhD.


Students complete 24 points of level-five units offered by the School of Geography and Environmental Science, or from other schools, subject to approval. Individual units are offered according to the availability of staff and subject to sufficient enrolments.

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.