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Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Geography in higher education provides graduates with a comprehensive list of skills and competences. These are necessary and form part of what constitutes a geographer.

Subject-specific competences in Geography:

  • Comprehend the reciprocal relationships between physical and human environments.

  • Comprehend the significance of spatial relationships at various scales.

  • Understand and explain the diversity and interdependence of regions, places and locations

  • Draw knowledge, understanding and diversity of approaches from other disciplines and apply them in a geographical context

  • Apply an understanding of geographical concepts

  • Interpret landscapes

  • Collect, compare, analyse and present geographical information

  • Appropriately use geographical terminology

  • Communicate geographical ideas, principles and theories effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means

  • Use diverse, specialised techniques and approaches in Geography

  • Comprehend the nature of change

  • Appreciate representations of geographical space and different geographical representations
Source:     Wall, G. and Donert, K. (2003) HERODOT* Thematic Network and the Tuning of Geography Education in Europe.

*HERODOT is the European Geography Network of higher education institutions

The Department of Geography within the Faculty of Arts has been established for fifteen years. Some three hundred graduates to date have obtained a B.A. (Hons), B.A. and M.A. degree qualifications. Geography graduates follow careers in academia (lecturers and researchers) and in administration, in planning agencies in Malta and abroad, transport agencies and various ministries including the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs, Tourism, Ministry of Finance and Investment, the Office of the Prime Minister. They also work in environmental NGOs, private consultancy companies and as planning consultants.

A consistently increasing number of geography graduates are being accepted to follow postgraduate studies in leading UK universities and in other parts of Europe. This foreign experience is first encouraged through the department’s participation in the Erasmus Students and Staff Exchange programme with nine established universities in Europe.

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Last Updated: 13 June 2012

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