The Department of Geography, University of Malaya, was established at Pantai Valley in 1959. Thirty years have lapsed since its establishment and this is a sufficiently long period of time for the Department to reflect on its past and ponder over its future. Geography became an academic subject at the tertiary level in then Malaya in 1928 when Raffles College was founded in Singapore. It was 21 years later that it attained university status when the University of Malaya was established in 1949, also in Singapore (Ho 1959). After the Federation of Malaya became independent in 1957, a sister campus was set up in 1959 at a scenic spot called Pantai Valley in the western suburbs of Kuala Lumpur. The new Department of Geography came into existence with 5 academic and general staff members. 

The department currently offers programs leading towards both B.A. and B.Sc. degrees at the undergraduate level and M.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the graduate level. Currently there are over 100 undergraduate students enrolled in geography courses in each year of study. There are almost 15 graduate students in the department. 

 Our programs reflect the multidisciplinary nature of Geography. At both the undergraduate and graduate level, students have the opportunity to study a wide array of sub-specialisations that include Biogeography, Cultural and Historical Geography, Economic Geography, Environment and Resource Management, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Transportation Geography, Physical Geography, Social Geography, and Urban Geography. Students also have a great amount of flexibility in developing a degree program with other disciplines through our collaborative programs with other departments at the University of Malaya. Our academic staff represents a diversified range of research interests.

Head of Department
Associate Prof. Dr. Aziz Shafie
BSocSc(Hon),MSc,PhD (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

To be an Internationally Renowned Geography Department in Research, Innovation, Publication and Teaching.

To Advance Knowledge and Learning through Quality Research and Education in the fields of Geography of Malaysia and the Tropical Regions


The Department of Geography objectives are :

  • To promote the relevance of geographical knowledge to society at large, in view of the critical role of the environment at the present time.
  • To encourage geography-based research activity among students and lecturers, to increase the body of geographical knowledge.
  • To publish and position the "Malaysian Journal of Tropical Geography (MJTG)" as an internationally recognized journal.
  • To increase the distribution of knowledge via publications, seminars and conferences with the mission of enriching geographical studies at the national and international levels.
  • To develop an efficient, creative and innovative team of academic and support staff.
  • To co-operate with all sectors of society through effective professional networking.
  • Ultimately to produce graduate and postgraduate students of high quality.
Department Chart
carta geo 16102017
Programmes of Study
Department of Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Malaya 
50603 Kuala Lumpur 

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Last Update: September 13, 2017