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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Geography)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available in any one year
  • Not available for international students

Understand your place in the world

With Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Geography), you can study geography without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Geography) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of geography. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in geography if you wish.

Get a wide perspective

Geography is a diverse and dynamic subject, and covers issues such as sustainability, urban development, globalisation and people’s lived experiences of their environments. You’ll study how we interact with our cultural, social and physical environments.

Learn from a range of teaching methods

You can specialise in human or physical geography, or study a combination of both, and will benefit from interactive classroom and distance teaching, field trips and training in a range of research methods.

You’ll learn about urbanisation, state restructuring, globalisation, geopolitics, agrifood, resource management and consumption.

This programme will give you a global perspective by drawing on international case studies and examples, while maintaining a focus on New Zealand’s place in a changing world.

Get out into the field

In advanced physical geography, you’ll explore our dynamic natural landscape, focusing on rivers, glaciers, coasts and past environments. These landforms are explored in depth through extensive fieldwork-based courses.

Develop important career skills

Geography will prepare you to be a thoughtful and knowledgeable local and global citizen. You’ll develop important career skills in research, spatial analysis and evidence-based examination of the pressing issues facing New Zealand and the world today.

A good fit if you:

  • Already have a bachelor’s degree and want to expand your horizons
  • Wish to develop your interest in geography
  • Are interested in progressing to postgraduate study


With a GCertArts (Geography) you can choose from a wide range of careers including:

  • Conservation and environmental research
  • Energy development
  • Resource management
  • Forestry
  • Public service
  • International development and diplomacy
  • Local and regional councils
  • Business and market research
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Journalism

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