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  • Our pioneering research proved human-caused greenhouse gasses are warming our planet and underpinned the 2015 Paris Agreement.  
  • We're working with major space agencies to monitor the environment using satellite data.
  • The Scottish Government used our work in public health data to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And that's just the start...

Open to you

As a world-leading university, we are here to address today's greatest challenges.

Join our thriving community whose visions are shaping tomorrow's world. You will get to learn from world-leading academics as they share their groundbreaking discoveries with you.

Your career prospects will be enhanced through our hands-on and innovative approaches to learning.  We also have a dedicated Careers Service to help you.

You'll also be living in Scotland's vibrant capital city.  Edinburgh is an irresistible blend of history, natural beauty and modern city life. It's no surprise we're regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world!

Being open to the world today brings greater potential and possibilities for tomorrow.

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We run a range of events you can access - wherever you are in the world.

Find out more about studying with us at Edinburgh, and ask us any questions you want to know!

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Find out what it's like to study and live in Edinburgh.

Discover our city's landmarks, our campuses, accommodation and get video tours - all in one place.

Open your mind to the options available and find a degree that is perfectly suited to your personal interests and career aspirations. 

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Geography is an incredibly diverse subject, spanning the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to address environmental, social and political issues.

You can explore geography:

  • as a natural science that examines the Earth's surface processes through 'physical geography' (BSc)
  • through the social sciences and humanities as 'human geography' (MA)

Explore your options with our University Degree Finder:

Accredited by the Royal Geographical Society

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Our planet is rapidly approaching a critical state, and the need for Earth and environmental scientists has never been greater.  

There are a range of career opportunities available to you.  For example, you could be monitoring the impacts of climate change, helping industries transition to sustainable solutions, solving the water crisis or reducing the devastating effects of natural hazards on vulnerable communities. 

Explore your options with our University Degree Finder:

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The world is suffering problems of rapid climate change, the over-exploitation of our natural resources, and the degradation of natural habitats.

Our degrees provide you with the skills vital for understanding and managing changing environments for a more sustainable future.   Join us and tackle some of the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet.

Explore your options with our University Degree Finder:

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We live in a complex, fast-changing world and we’re honest about the significant challenges facing us all. At the University of Edinburgh, we are one of the largest and most successful interdisciplinary grouping of geographers, Earth and environmental scientists in the UK, tackling some of the most significant issues of our time. As a leading global university, we know education and research will play a vital role solving those challenges and relish our shared responsibility to respond to them. That’s why we’re open to everyone.

Open to the world

  • TOP 20 – The University of Edinburgh is ranked 16th in the world
  • TOP 10 – We're in the UK's top 10 and the world's top 100 universities for graduate employability.
  • 4TH - We're ranked 4th in the UK for research power
  • 2ND - Edinburgh is ranked 2nd in the UK and 12th in the world for best student city

Open your mind

We are one of the largest and most successful interdisciplinary groupings of geographers and geoscientists in the UK. 

  • TOP 20 - we're 17th in the world for geography
  • TOP 50 - we're in the world top 50 universities for natural sciences, earth and marine sciences, environmental sciences, geology and geophysics.
  • TOP 10 - we are ranked in the UK top 10 universities by subject
    • 4th for natural sciences
    • 5th for geology and for geophysics
    • 6th for environmental sciences
    • 6th for earth and marine sciences
    • 7th for geography

*(QS World University Rankings 2022, QS Best Student Cities 2022, QS World University Rankings by subject 2021, Times Higher Education - Overall Ranking of Institutions and Global Employability University Ranking 2021, 2014 REF Research Excellence Framework)

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No one knows what it is really like to be a student at the University of Edinburgh than the students themselves.

Read our student blog to find out more about:

  • Hybrid learning
  • Virtual field trips
  • Getting involved in societies at university 
  • Student life in Edinburgh 
  • Study advice and tips 

and much more!

Read our student blog 

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Field trips and fieldwork are at the heart of our programmes. 

We know that getting out into the world is essential for understanding how it works.

The best classroom is the outside world, and we place a great deal of emphasis on delivering practical and field-based experiences. 

We'll take you beyond the lecture theatre, so you can gain valuable hands-on experience by applying what you have learned to real-life situations.