Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning

Our programs bring together the disciplines of Geography and Planning with an interdisciplinary approach to relations between people, place and culture. Our Planning program is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. 

We offer majors in Development Studies and Culture Change (together with the Department of Anthropology), Environmental Humanities, Geography and Human Geography, as well as offering postgraduate programs in Planning and Social Impact Assessment.

We support and collaborate with other social and environmental science disciplines through our research, teaching and training.

We offer two PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) programs for students to gain hands-on experience in the field. We also encourage students from outside the department and faculty to enrol in our People and Planet units. More information on these units can be found in the Handbook.

Department advice on programs and majors

For advice on the above programs and majors please contact:

Higher degree research

We are dedicated to producing research outputs that contribute to a more sustainable and resilient world. Our research strengths lie in:

  • indigenous geographies and critical development studies of Australia and the Asia-Pacific
  • urban governance, planning, housing studies and home
  • climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • environmental humanities, environmental management and political ecology.

Discover more about the research conducted by academics within our department.

If you are interested in doing higher degree research at Macquarie, contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your ideas and potential supervision before applying. For more information on applying contact the Higher Degree Research Office.

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On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us 

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.  If you have questions, please go to

International student enquiries: submit an online enquiry.


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