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Geography

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-A,B,B

For entry to Year 2: ABB

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

For entry to Year 2: A total of 34 points is required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in a relevant subject for entry to Year 1. For entry to Year 2: DDM in a relevant subject.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B

plus Highers AABB for entry to Year 2.

Scottish HNC

Pass

HNC with B in graded unit for entry to Year 1. For Year 2 entry: HNC with A in graded unit.

Scottish HND

Pass

For Year 2 entry: HND with BB in graded units. For Year 3 entry: HND with AB in graded units.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Urban studies

The programme is intended to provide a broad-based geographical education, focussing on physical geoscience, but with a complementary grounding in human geography concepts. The programme is built around core themes of: history of landscape and people; urban geography; the hydrosphere (rivers & oceans); the geosphere; the atmosphere; environmental hazards/risks and associated policy. These themes are developed over the 4 years of study, to give graduates skills useful in current, topical environmental sectors. In particular, graduates will gain insight into processes and change; human-physical interactions & systems framework approaches; significance of spatial and temporal relationships/diversity; mastery of quantitative geographical information; critical appraisal and reflection on data, approaches and design.

+ Year 1 provides introductory theory with a focus on subject relevance to real-world issues across the globe is designed to provide context in developing underpinning principles of reciprocal people-landscape interactions via knowledge of spatio-temporal process and change.

+ Year 2 retains the balance of human and physical geography subjects, introducing new laboratory and fieldwork skills in surveying and mapping whilst consolidating surveying and GIS expertise.

+ Year 3 permits more critical understanding of a range of the principles, principal theories, concepts and terminology in specific physical geography subjects, with emphasis on detailed process and routine technical skills training.

+ Year 4 focuses on detailed and applied geographical knowledge and skills training appropriate to topical subjects directly relevant to current environmental employment sectors. In each of these core subjects, graduates will leave with an integrated suite of knowledge and skills in physical process, quantitative analysis, computational software, policy and critical evaluation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,000
per year
International
£16,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Edinburgh Campus

Department:

Urban Studies

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

70%
med
Urban studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Planning (urban, rural and regional)

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
65%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Planning (urban, rural and regional)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

52%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Quality and regulatory professionals

This subject includes degrees in urban studies and housing as well as planning qualifications. Be a little careful when looking at the stats, as most jobs in planning, especially in town planning, go to Masters students in the subject — planning is a very popular Master's degree (and even then we don't actually have enough graduates to meet employer demand). So if you want a job in planning, expect to stay on at university after you have finished your first degree. First degree graduates in planning are more likely to start working in surveying than planning roles - although that is partly down to our serious shortage of surveyors. This all adds up to a subject that is in demand - but do keep a look out for work experience opportunities to make your good prospects even better.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Architecture, building and planning

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£32k

£32k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Higher entry requirements
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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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