School of GeoSciences

Field work

A week-long field tour, currently to Morocco, forms an integral part of the study programme.

Field trips are an excellent way in which to explore the factors and forces that shape our world and enable you to put valuable skills into practice.

You will have a unique opportunity to take part in a residential field trip as part of this programme, enabling you to refresh skills you have learned as well as develop new tools and techniques for your dissertation and future career. Previous trips have included Greece, Portugal, Israel and France.


Recent trips have been to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, where students learned a range of field and data analysis techniques, covering topics such as:

  • Water quality, biodiversity and flood modelling
  • Carbon footprinting of local agriculture
  • Evaluating tourist and local community attitudes to sustainable tourism
  • Soils, land use and biodiversity
  • Air quality monitoring

Students also enjoyed opportunities to experience the local culture.

You may also take part in a short field tour during induction week, to you a chance to get to know your fellow students and staff. In recent years, our students have taken part in a two day trip with accommodation provided at a SRUC research farm in the southern highlands of Scotland.

  • We are pleased to advise that we do not charge extra fees for compulsory field trips. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by your programme.
  • Field course locations may change for a variety of reasons. In any given academic year, the main destination of the field course will be announced as soon as possible.

"The environments not only allowed us to carry out the work we were required to do but they were also beautiful"

Recent student