Geography as a discipline has evolved as a technical and application oriented science. The wisdom of knowledge related to earth and its environment and application of geospatial technologies viz., GIS, GPS and the survey tools like Total Station, Computational and Statistical packages help to solve environmental, political, economic and other social problems. The Department of Geography is one of the constituent Departments of the Kannur University which aims to train the students to get an integral perspective taking both the natural and social sciences into consideration as Geographers are called upon in situation where spatially defined phenomena have to be dealt with.
The Post Graduate Department of Geography of the Kannur University was established in 2003 with an intake of 12 students and housed in a rented building at Edat about two kilometres from Payyanur town towards south. Subsequently the Department has been shifted to Swami Anandatheertha Campus of Kannur University in 2007. The sanctioned strength of the students for the M.Sc Degree has been increased to 17 from the academic year 2012-13 onwards. In addition to this one seat has been sanctioned to accommodate students from Lakshadweep islands.