Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Geography

Why choose Geography at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the world's top 20 universities for geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

  • Edinburgh is a perfect location to study geography, combining the physical environment of the ancient volcano Arthur's Seat, with the human geographer's interests of a capital city and economic hub.

  • Each year, you will have fieldwork opportunities not only in Scotland but further afield. Recently, our students have undertaken fieldwork in Iceland, Greece, Germany, South Africa and Wales.

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I had always wanted to study geography at Edinburgh because of the breadth of topics you can cover within the degree, from health and politics to volcanoes and glaciers. You can also choose a more specific path in your Honours years if you know what you are interested in. The degree also helps develop a greater understanding of global issues, alongside more local issues.

Rebekah Orriss 4th year MA (Hons) Geography and Social Anthropology
Rebekah Orriss 4th year MA (Hons) Geography and Social Anthropology

Introducing Geography

Geography is the study of the way the world works. It is an incredibly diverse subject which spans the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to address environmental, social and political issues.

Through geography, you can explore our ever-changing world from volcanoes, ice sheets, flooding and climate change through to human issues such as sustainability, inequality, migration, social justice, health, resource management and poverty.

A knowledge of geography is becoming increasingly important in today's world, as our planet and humanity face some of the biggest challenges we have ever known.

You can explore geography as a natural science through Physical Geography, or through the social sciences and humanities as Human Geography.

Our geography programmes are interdisciplinary, including both aspects of Human and Physical Geography as it is essential to understand our impact on the world and our ways of living within it. Both BSc and MA students may choose Human Geography or Physical Geography options, or a combination of both.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Geography:

You can study Physical Geography as a natural science that examines the Earth's surface processes. You will be exploring issues such as climate change, environmental degradation and natural hazards.

Master of Arts (MA) Geography:

You will be able to specialise in Human Geography. You will learn about the relationships between people and their social, cultural, political, and economic worlds. This discipline is key to understanding and resolving many of the most pressing problems faced by society.

Joint Honours (MA) programmes:

On our Joint Honours programmes, you can combine your studies with another academic topic. This will enable you to understand the world from the perspectives of different academic disciplines in an area you are most passionate about.

If you choose to study geography at the University of Edinburgh, you will become part of an academic community in one of the leading geography departments in the UK and one of the top-ranked universities in the world. As a result, you will experience teaching and learning at the forefront of geographical knowledge and from geographers who are undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas.