Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

MA Geography and Social Policy

UCAS code: LL74

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: GeoSciences

College: Science and Engineering

Year 1

Your programme begins with a broad grounding across geographical topics focusing on global economic, social and environmental problems and change.

You can also choose courses from other academic areas. The range of courses offered gives you a chance to try something new.

*(Revised 29 March to remove incorrect field trip information.)

Year 2

You will study at least two, but up to four, of Economic & Political Geography, Environmental Sensitivity & Change, Social & Cultural Geography, and Geomorphology. As in Year 1 you will have significant flexibility in your option choices.

Year 3

You will focus on the aspects of geography that interest you the most. Courses in geographical research skills and research design lead you through the process of planning independent research for your dissertation in Year 4 and teach important transferable skills.

Year 4

A large focus will be on your dissertation, an independent, original piece of geographical research in your chosen specialist field. You will also take additional geography courses, including options in physical or human geography that can include fieldwork.

A compulsory course for all students, at the end of your programme, will summarise the breadth and value of geographical research as well as its practical applications to your future career.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2019/20)

Our facilities

Geography is based in a spacious and historic building on Drummond Street, in the University’s Central Area campus.

The building contains well-equipped lecture and seminar rooms and laboratories for physical geography, image processing and geographical information science and modelling.

Field trips

Due to the continued support of our generous Alumni community, all travel and accommodation costs associated with compulsory field trips will be waived from 2019. Earth Science, Ecological & Environmental Sciences and Geography degrees all involve a significant element of field study and we are pleased to be able to support our students as they learn practical and highly prized skills.

Find more information about field trips on the GeoSciences website.

Field trips

How will I learn?

Teaching is through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, field components and project work. You will complete a dissertation in Year 4.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on the basis of coursework and exams. In addition you will have classwork that is assessed and will provide formative feedback.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2019/20)

Studying geography at Edinburgh prepares you for a range of careers, including scientific and humanities research, planning, surveying, environmental consultancy, conservation, energy, teaching, non-governmental organisation work and geospatial data analysis.

A significant number of graduates also move on to careers such as finance, marketing and law, or go on to further postgraduate study and research.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - AAAB by end of S5. If you haven’t achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB in one set of exams.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 32 points with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 32 points with 555 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Higher: Geography preferred. National 5: Mathematics at grade C.
  • A Levels: Geography preferred. GCSE: Mathematics at grade C or 4.
  • IB: Diploma must include Mathematics SL, if not held at HL.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C

  • SQA Standard Grade 3

  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A

  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C

  • GCSE Grade C or 4

  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C

  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section

  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component

  • PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Geography and Social Policy

Additional costs

None.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

More information

How to apply

School: GeoSciences

College: Science and Engineering