School of GeoSciences

Field work

Put theory into practice by developing your employability and practical skills with these popular field trips across Scotland.

Local day trips

Held between years one and two, this course aims to familiarise students with the flora and fauna of Scotland through trips to freshwater, woodland, grassland and heath/moorland habitats near Edinburgh.



A residential field course based in Argyll, west of Scotland, is offered between years two and three. It includes peer-to-peer presentations and field visits with practitioners, and enables students to gain an appreciation of the contexts and challenges associated with ecological and environmental management.


Ormsary Estate

This is a two-part field course in which students learn and apply a variety of ecological and environmental techniques in field and laboratory investigations in the Highlands and in Edinburgh.

The first part of the course is held before the start of year three at the University's Outdoor Centre, by Loch Tay in the Southern Highlands. There are opportunities for watersports, such as windsurfing, sailing and canoeing, when the day's work is done!

It then continues for one half day per week in Edinburgh during Semester one of year three.

Photo Gallery of a field trip to Ormsary

View a gallery of our field trip to Ormsary on Flickr


Cairngorms (Optional)

Through case studies we will see how the practical and social context of conservation interacts with scientific theory for the mitigation of perceived conflicts between humans and wildlife.