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Message from Head of Department: Mrs Izelque Botha

A warm welcome to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the disciplines of geography and environmental studies at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The degrees offered by the Department includes:

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Studies 4 Year Degree
  • Bachelor of Science Honours: Geography Stream
  • Master of Science: Geography Stream
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Geography Stream

The Department is actively engaged in all three spheres of higher education that includes, Teaching and learning, Research and Community Engagement. The discipline of geography offers students multi- and interdisciplinary exposure and therefore prepares graduates from these programmes for various careers in, for example, environmental management; GIS and Remote Sensing; primary to tertiary education; consulting in various fields; entrepreneurship; agricultural sector; project management; community engagement & upliftment; and research. Modules offered in the Department are designed to provide students with relevant knowledge and skills to pursue a variety of career paths and therefore includes elements of both practical and theoretical nature. Graduates from the 4 year Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Studies can also pursue postgraduate studies in masters or doctoral degrees in various areas of research.

The programmes offered by the Department are supported through state-of-the-art computer laboratories on the University’s campus where students are able to engage with software relevant for their development. The facilities can be accessed by both undergraduate and postgraduate students. In addition, students are supported through research activities including fieldwork for both physical and human geography-related research. The Department has active collaborative research and training initiatives with the Agriculture Research Council, Water Research Council, government departments, other universities, institutes and various international partners which enable its undergraduate and postgraduate students access to a wide array of expertise and facilities.

Research in the Department is aimed at both staff development and postgraduate training and focuses on various aspects related to human and physical geography, including but not limited to, research focussed on climate change; behavioural geography; social geography; tourism; application of GIS and Remote Sensing; atmospheric sciences; and engaged scholarship. Research in the Department is focused on integrating various stakeholders including rural communities.

Please feel free to contact us should you require any further information. We look forward to engaging with you!

Mrs Izelque Botha Profile


To produce capable environmental practitioners for solving environmental problems especially in sub-Saharan Africa.


To train competent and functional geographic and environmental professionals for sub-Saharan Africa through teaching, research and community engagement.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

  • Responsibility and Accountability – We own up to our shortcomings/mistakes and we take responsibility for our actions. We deliver on our promises.
  • Integrity – We endeavour to do the right things regardless of consequences. We practice fairness, honesty and openness.
  • Respect – We treat people with respect and dignity and we accept everybody for who they are.
  • Excellence and innovation – We value excellence and innovation in all that we do. We therefore strive to offer quality academic programs that foster intellectual inquiry and encourage creativity.
  • Teamwork – We are committed to achieve common goals through collaboration, listening to each other and sharing information.
  • Student success - We always strive to do what is best for our students, thereby ensuring success to every student that is committed to learning.