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Bachelors in Geography and Environmental Studies (Honours)

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Length: 1-2 years
Study pace: Full time/part time
Education level: Bachelor's degree
Location: Johannesburg
Language: English

Program Description

Bachelors in Geography & Environmental Studies (Honours) WitsThe Bachelors in Geography and Environmental Studies (Honours) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa is an education programme for students who would like to gain an deep knowledge of geography and environmental developments in both South Africa and the world.

Wits' Bachelors in Geography and Environmental Studies (Honours) is offered over 1 year for full-time students and over 2 years for part-time students. The education curriculum consists of four education courses; full-time students are enrolled in 2 courses each semester, while part-time students take 1 course each semester. Throughout the Bachelors in Geography and Environmental Studies (Honours), students must complete an independent research essay of between 10,000 and 12,000 words.

Education courses included in the Bachelors in Geography and Environmental Studies (Honours) are:

  • Air Pollution Meteorology
  • Environmental Education 
  • Understanding Cities in Africa
  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Environmental Policy and Practice

The Bachelors in Geography and Environmental Studies (Honours) strongly emphasises the development of research skills, achieved through the research essay. Students must present their research proposal to the Geography and Environmental Studies department at a seminar in early April. In September, students present a second seminar on their research, and a final research essay is submitted at the end of October.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the Bachelors in Geography and Environmental Studies (Honours) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa are:

  • an undergraduate BA degree in Geography from a recognised university
  • a minimum mark of 65% in Geography (applicant with marks lower than 65% will not be considered)
  • if applying from a university other than the University of the Witwatersrand, we may request a written piece of work (preferably independent research). This work should be authored solely by the applicant and written in English

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University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg is renowned for its intellectual leadership and commitment to nurturing critical thinkers, creative innovators, problem-posers and problem-solvers. The universities strength lies in the pursuit of academic and research excellence.  Through its 89-year history, the...


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Johannesburg South Africa University of Witwaterstrand

Johannesburg, South Africa

Description of Johannesburg

With a population of over 7 million people, Johannesburg has all the modern amenities of a large metropolitan city, and provides some of the best first-world commodities, infrastructure, cuisine, jazz and art on the continent. Johnnesburg is home to many fascinating cultural events, art galleries, restaurants, museums, and shopping - all a reflection of its diverse people. The country of South Africa...


Contact information for University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

1 Jan Smuts Avenue
2000 Johannesburg
South Africa

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