Geography

Welcome to the Geography Department! The department resides in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, but also caters for students in the Faculty of the Humanities. The Department of Geography is present on two UFS campuses, namely Bloemfontein and QwaQwa, and each campus offers various undergraduate, honours, master’s and doctoral degrees.  We offer quality education in many geography disciplines, ranging from environmental studies, human geography, physical geography and geographical information systems.

It is a focused and dynamic department where students are more than just numbers. Students are exposed to real-world issues, and are taken on excursions to expose them to practical environmental and developmental problems.

What can I become after studying Geography?

  • Environmental manager
  • Environmental impact assessor/auditor
  • Town and regional planner
  • GIS specialist in private and public sectors
  • Work in local, provincial, and national government departments related to land-use change, strategic spatial planning, housing planning
  • Work in integrated development planning and local economic development

BLOEMFONTEIN CAMPUS

Undergraduate Studies

The following undergraduate programmes are offered:

BSc in Geo-Informatics (BC433369)
BSc in Geography and Statistics (BC433346)
BSc in Geography and Environmental Sciences (BC433362)
BSc in Geography and Agrometeorology (BC433312)
BA majoring in Geography (BC137000)

Closing date for applications: 30 September

QWAQWA CAMPUS

Undergraduate Studies

The following undergraduate programmes are offered:

BSc in Environmental Geography (QC433359)
BSc in Geography and Life Sciences (QC433375)
BSc in Geography and Tourism (QC433392)
BSc in Geography (QC433359)
BA majoring in Geography (QC137000)

Closing date for applications: 30 September

Postgraduate Studies

Honours programmes:
The following honours programmes are offered:

BA Honours in Geography (BC160028)
BSc Honours in Geography (BC460033)
BSc Honours in Geo-Informatics (BC460069)
BSc Honours in Environmental Sciences (BC460062)

Closing date for applications: 30 September

More information on the honours programmes and the application document can be found in the following document:

Application Process: Online Honours

Master's and PhD:
The following master’s and doctoral research programmes are offered:

MSc in Geography (BC480033)
MSc in Geo-Informatics (BC480069)
MA in Geography (BC180028)

PhD in Geography (BC460033) (Natural and Agricultural Science)
PhD in Geo-Informatics (BC490069) (Natural and Agricultural Science)
PhD in Geography (BC190628) (Humanities)


Date for applications: 1 July 2021 - 30 September 2021

More information on the master’s and doctoral programmes and the application document can be found in the following document:

Application Process: Online Master's and Doctoral
2022 Postgraduate Brochure

Postgraduate Studies

Honours programmes
The following honours programmes are offered:

BA Honours in Geography (QC160028)
BSc Honours in Geography (QC460033)
BSc Honours in Environmental Geography (QC460033)

Closing date for applications: 30 September

More information on the honours programmes and the application document can be found in the following document:

Application Process: Online Honours

Master's and PhD:
The following master’s and doctoral research programmes are offered:

MSc in Geography (QC480033)
MSc in Environmental Geography (QC480059)
MSc in Mountain Environments (QC480xxx)
MA in Human Geography (QC180028)

PhD in Geography (QC490033) (Natural and Agricultural Science)
PhD in Environmental Geography (QC490059) (Natural and Agricultural Science)
PhD in Human Geography (QC190628) (Humanities)

Closing date for applications: No specific date

More information on the master’s and doctoral programmes and the application document can be found in the following document:

Application Process online Master's and Doctoral
2022 Postgraduate Brochure

International students

International students are welcome to apply for further education at the Geography Department.  More information can be found on the University of the Free State’s dedicated Office for International Affairs website:  UFS Office of International Affairs

BLOEMFONTEIN CAMPUS

Programme Director (Academic Enquiries)                             

Eldalize Kruger                                                                 
E:  KrugerE@ufs.ac.za                                                      
T:  +27 51 401 2185                                                        

General Enquiries                                                                     

Nolene van Dyk                                                               
E:  VanDykN@ufs.ac.za                                                     
T:  +27 51 401 2255                                                        

Head of Department                                                       
Prof Samuel A Adelabu                                                     
E:  AdelabuSA@ufs.ac.za                                                   
T:  +27 51 401 9927                                                       

QWAQWA CAMPUS

Programme Director (Academic Enquiries)

Dr Melissa Hansen
E:  HansenMM@ufs.ac.za
T:  +27 58 718 5473

General Enquiries

Meiki Lebeko
E:  lebekomk@ufs.ac.za
T:  +27 58 718 5475

Acting Subject Head of Department
Dr Melissa Hansen
E:  HansenMM@ufs.ac.za
T:  +27 58 718 5473



BLOEMFONTEIN CAMPUS FACULTY CONTACT

Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531
E:vdberge@ufs.ac.za

QWAQWA CAMPUS FACULTY CONTACT

Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284
E:naturalscienceqq@ufs.ac.za

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