Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Geography

Why choose Geography at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the world's top 15 universities for geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

  • 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.

  • You will be taught by staff whose research and teaching interests span the discipline and who are at the leading edge of research in the field.

  • You will have the opportunity to go abroad in Year 3 and study in Europe, Canada, the US, Australia or New Zealand.

  • You will have access to excellent facilities, including laboratories for physical geography, specialist computer work, geomatics, image processing and more.

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The flexibility of the programme was a massive draw for me. The option to pick courses and continue my other interests made the University really attractive.

Evan Goss 3rd year MA (Hons) Geography
Evan Goss 3rd year MA (Hons) Geography

Introducing Geography

Geography is the study of the way the world works. As such, it is a uniquely diverse and integrative discipline that spans the natural and social sciences.

Geography can be studied as a natural science resulting in a BSc (Hons) award, or as a social science or humanities subject for the MA (Hons) award. As a natural science, geography focuses on the environment, examining such issues as landscape formation, natural hazards and climate change, and the evolution of these processes through space and time.

If you study it as a social science or humanities subject you will learn about the relationships between people and their social, cultural, political and economic worlds. In both cases, the relationship between the human and physical environments is recognised to be important, and both BSc and MA students may choose human geography or physical geography options or a combination of both.