Human Geography and Planning involves understanding and guiding the development of cities and regions.


This course is concerned with the creation of liveable communities, vibrant economies and sustainable places. Development must grapple with the challenges of ecological sustainability, a culturally diverse world, new demographic pressures and global markets. The Human Geography and Planning major develops varied skills and knowledge, drawing on geography, economics, architecture, sociology and environmental science.

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Course description, features and facilities

Human Geography and Planning focuses on some of the major challenges facing society, including the population explosion, rapid urbanisation, poverty and homelessness, land use conflict, cultural diversity, economic development, and ecological sustainability. As a student you will develop the knowledge and skills to help resolve major urban and regional problems and ultimately have the ability to contribute to the creation of liveable communities, vibrant economies and sustainable places.

Teaching methods consist of lectures from leading experts and industry partners, practical and computer classes, portfolio development, as well as tutorials. This major includes local field work trips and an opportunity to participate in overseas residential field work in a variety of destinations in South East Asia, North America and Europe.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in human geography and planning and our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Centre for Regional Development and the Australian Urban Design Research Centre. UWA has strong links with the Planning Institute Australia (WA). This major provides a pathway to full recognition as a professional planner.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.

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Student profile – Nicholas Breadsell

By studying Human Geography and Planning at UWA I gained an understanding as to why we live, work and recreate in the way that we do. Through examining how development plays out in the field in both urban and regional areas, it can be seen where Western Australia has come from and in which direction it is heading.

Undertaking this major not only offers a great learning environment with close links to industry but also the opportunity to study and meet people from around the world.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

The Human Geography and Planning major provides a pathway to full recognition as a professional planner. Students who follow on to complete honours in Urban and Regional Planning will be eligible to apply for professional membership to the Planning Institute of Australia. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for membership to the Institute of Australian Geographers.

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Career opportunities

Planners and Geographers are employed by local and state governments (such as the Department of Planning) and in the private sector in areas regional development, public administration, public policy, social research, teaching and property and land development. Graduates with this major are also employable internationally, helping to solve social, economic and environmental problems in other parts of the world.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Human Geography and Planning major can pursue further studies at Honours level in Urban and Regional Planning. Students with honours in Urban and Regional Planning are eligible to apply for professional membership of the Planning Institute of Australia.

A Master of Urban and Regional Planning (by coursework) may also be studied and this degree is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to a undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

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Human Geography and Planning: the details

Available 2016
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
(+61 8) 64887333
Additional information