Subject area: Geography
Why choose Geography at the University of Edinburgh?
We are 19th in the world and 7th in the UK for geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
Field trips are at the heart of our geography degrees.
Our hands-on approach to learning takes you beyond the classroom to develop real-world experience and skills prized by employers.
While your field experiences will challenge you at times, they are rewarding and loads of fun. Oh – and they're free!
Learn from one of the UK's largest and most successful groupings of geographers, Earth and environmental scientists. Many of them are world experts in their field. We keep your degree up-to-date, diverse, and exciting by sharing our discoveries with you.
With our research and industry networks, we open up a world of opportunities and empower your degree with real-world relevance.
Edinburgh is ranked 2nd in the UK and 10th in the world in the QS Best Student Cities 2023.
Our vibrant capital is an irresistible blend of history and modern city life. A fantastic place to live, it’s also the perfect location to study geography. Ancient volcanoes, rugged coastlines, misty mountains and forest glens are right on your doorstep.
Our geography degrees are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers.
After visiting Edinburgh in my final years of secondary school, I knew the BSc Geography would be my cup of tea. It offers an array of learning opportunities and is particularly accommodating to different learning styles.
During my studies, I have acquired a detailed and well-rounded skill set regarding the physical components of our world. This was facilitated by the high standards of teaching throughout the vast range of courses on offer.
All in all, I couldn’t recommend this degree enough.
- have a love of the outdoors, the environment, and a hunger to understand how our planet works?
- have a keen interest in cultures and societies?
- concerned about how the changing climate is impacting our environment and landscapes?
- curious about the relationship between politics and the environment?
Then geography may be for you!
Geography is the study of the way the world works. You can explore the forces that drive our ever-changing planet including:
- climate change
You will also investigate a range of human issues such as:
- social justice
Understanding geography is becoming increasingly important in today's world. Join us as our planet and humanity face some of the biggest challenges we have ever known.
Making a difference starts here. Are you ready?
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. This means they include aspects of both human and physical geography. We believe it's important to understand our impact on the world and our ways of living within it.
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Geography
The BSc is an environmental geography degree. It specialises in physical geography. Using natural science, you will learn about the Earth's surface processes.
You will explore our ever-changing world, from volcanoes and glaciers to environmental degradation and climate change.
Master of Arts (MA) Geography
You will specialise in human geography, which is key to understanding and resolving many of society's most pressing problems.
Learn about the relationships between people and their social, cultural, political, and economic worlds.
Life-changing field trips
Field trips are at the heart of our degrees.
We know that getting out in the world is essential for understanding how it works.
Our field courses and day excursions are challenging and fun. Often they will provide some of your most memorable moments. You have many opportunities to get your hands dirty!
You could be:
- investigating the impacts of people, climate and volcanism on the Icelandic landscape
- meeting with community groups about the impacts of urban racial segregation
The locations and experiences of each trip will vary. We want to enrich you with a broad understanding of how the world works. Our goal is to minimise our carbon footprint while providing you with the best training opportunities.
Our compulsory field trips or field courses are free, including travel and accommodation. To ensure our degrees are accessible and inclusive, we offer alternative learning experiences where necessary.
Want to know more?
You can access our blog posts and videos about fieldwork experiences on the School of GeoSciences website.
What is it really like to study with us?
No one knows what it's like to study here better than the students themselves.
Our students are sharing their experiences - from studying to living in Edinburgh and everything in-between.
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Edinburgh is your ideal base
Our vibrant capital is the perfect location to study geography.
You could find yourself in the most remarkable places – researching Scotland’s 7000 miles of coastline, the Gaelic culture of the Highland and Islands, or the challenges of restoring our upland ecology.
We will also take you on day trips throughout your studies to help you make the most of our local surroundings.
It is no surprise we are regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world!
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Discover our city's landmarks, our campuses, accommodation and get video tours - all in one place.
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