School of GeoSciences


Discover the background of the School.

The School of GeoSciences was formed on 1 August 2002 by the merger of the former Institute of Ecology and Resource Management, the Department of Geography, the Department of Geology and Geophysics, and the Institute for Meteorology.

All its constituent parts have had a long history within the university, most dating back to the early nineteenth century.

A History of the School of GeoSciences

The story of Geosciences in the University of Edinburgh.

Birthplace of the GeoSciences

A selection of scientists with an Edinburgh connection who have influenced the development of the Geosciences:

Cockburn Museum

The Cockburn Geological Museum

History of Meteorology

Meteorology was studied and taught as part of Chemistry, Natural Philosophy and Natural History at Edinburgh University throughout the nineteenth century and for the first half of the twentieth century. A separate Department of Meteorology was created in 1964.

John Murray


History of the Institute of Geography

Looking forward, looking back

High School Yards

History of the south-eastern part of the old walled City of Edinburgh.

High School Yards

Our newest building

Opened in Sept 2013, a brilliant new addition to the High School Yards.

ECCI website