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​​​​​UWC’s undergraduate majors in Geography, Environmental Studies and Tourism Studies and its postgraduate programmes in Geography prepare students for careers in academia, industry, government, and non-profit sectors. The department is located at the heart of Cape Town, one of South Africa's most challenging metropolitan areas and with easy access to many of South Africa's key environmental areas. Students are exposed to a variety of approaches across a range of exciting areas in both human and physical geography and in related interdisciplinary fields. The programmes critically explore the interrelations between people, place and environment in Africa as well as in the global context. 

As a research led department we are committed to quality research and publication in areas including: biophysical geography; critical environmental studies; human, historical and cultural geography; urban geography, planning and architecture; 
heritage; tourism planning and development;  geographical  information systems;  land issues;  geographical names  and  critical geographies of development.

We are located centrally on the UWC main campus with excellent student facilities, up-to-date GIS laboratories, and top-class library and archive resources.   


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