School of GeoSciences

About us

Find information about the School of GeoSciences, including who we are, our facilities and campus locations, partnerships and more.

Our world is facing many significant and complex challenges. Rising inequality and the mass displacement of people, urbanisation, finite natural resources and unprecedented rates of climate and environmental change and associated extreme events all pose formidable challenges for our future.

At the School of GeoSciences, we work to help make that future better.

Our vision

"To understand the natural world and develop solutions to key societal challenges and inequalities in order to secure a more socially-just and environmentally sustainable world".

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Our School

We are one of the largest and most successful interdisciplinary groupings of geographers and geoscientists in the UK, with a community of staff, students and researchers passionately committed to understanding the impact of climate on the Earth's systems, the environment and ecosystems, as well as the social, economic, cultural and political implications for society. 

Through our staff and students' many achievements, we present cutting-edge research, inspirational teaching and innovative thinking, attracting some of the greatest minds from around the globe. Our work is continuously expanding our knowledge of our planet and the lives of ordinary people. 

Our research and teaching span:

  • physical sciences
  • social sciences 
  • humanities

We work closely with other universities, charities, the third sector, communities and governments, and business and industry to respond to global and social challenges and do justice to future generations.  


As part of a leading global University, we know education plays a vital role in addressing global challenges and our shared responsibility to respond to them. We equip our students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to a sustainable future for a changing world. 

Our degrees are strengthened through a wide range of internal and external collaborations, including the University's other schools, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), British Geological Survey, Scottish Universities Environment Research Centre (SUERC), as well as partnerships with international institutions.

We take pride in our student-centred community, which includes students of all levels, backgrounds and nationalities, as well as our valued and extensive alumni network.

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Our interdisciplinary research approach is one of our key strengths, enabling us to engage directly with our work's social and political aspects and its impacts.

We have embedded the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in our research, knowledge exchange and innovation.

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Contact us

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Detailed information on how to find us and who to contact.

Buildings and campuses

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Our School is based in several buildings across two University campuses in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Our research facilities

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Our School has a full range of laboratory, field, and workshop facilities for our staff, undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Some can also be used for research collaborations or hire.

Working with business and industry

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We work with a variety of partners and in a number of ways to support business goals.


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We recognise that climate change is one of the most significant global challenges of the 21st Century, and continually work to become more socially responsible and sustainable.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

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Our School is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion for our staff and students, and through our research.

Research ethics and integrity​

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Our reputation as an elite research-led institution is built on the high quality of research conducted by our staff and students. 

Privacy Notice

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The School of GeoSciences is committed to protecting your privacy and keeping you informed of how your information is used.