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The University of Edinburgh

Geography and Social Policy

UCAS Code: LL74

Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

Required subjects: A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. Applicants with Geography are preferred. GCSEs: Mathematics at C or 4 and English at C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37-32

37 points with 666 at HL - 32 points with 555 at HL. Required subjects: HL: no specific subjects required. Applicants with Geography are preferred. SL: English and Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) or Mathematical Studies (if not at HL) at 5.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A-A,A,A,B

Applicants who achieve these grades by end of S5 will be preferred. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. Applicants with Geography are preferred. National 5s: Mathematics or Lifeskills Mathematics at C and English at C.

UCAS Tariff

126-144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Social policy

Human geography

Why is the world configured as it is? That's the core of geography - the study of how our planet works.

Do you have a keen interest in cultures and societies? Curious about the inter-relation of politics and the environment? Geography may be for you.

Through geography, you can explore biophysical processes, from volcanic eruptions to flooding and landslides. You can also study the human processes that give shape to cities, states, and communities – all against the backdrop of a changing climate.

You can study geography as either a natural science or a social science.

- Physical Geography is a natural science and examines the Earth's surface processes.

- Human Geography is primarily a social science, though it also has close links to the humanities like history and philosophy.

Through this Master of Arts (MA) Geography, you will be able to specialise in Human Geography. This discipline is key to understanding and resolving many of the most pressing problems faced by society.

Geographers study many different aspects of the modern world. They bring their research to inform on topics such as:

- immigration

- mobility

- public health

- deprivation

- urban justice

- indigenous struggles

- land rights

- everyday life

You'll learn about the relationships between people and their social, cultural, political, and economic worlds.

Our MA in Geography also includes aspects of physical geography, as it is important to understand our impact on the world and our ways of living within it. The degree is flexible, so you will have opportunities to build your degree around areas that you are most curious or passionate about.

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

Through social policy, you will study society and how this changes through political debate and policy making. Social policy appeals to students who are interested in current political and social issues - such as how to organise and pay for health care, reduce inequalities, or accommodate a more diverse and individualised society.

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 learn from geographers who are at the forefront and drivers of change and are undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£28,950
per year
International
£28,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Central area campus

Department:

School of GeoSciences

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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.

66%
low
Social policy
77%
low
Human geography

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.

Social policy

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
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

74%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
36%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A*

Human geography

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
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

81%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

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.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
64%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Other elementary services occupations

Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.

Human & social geography

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Social studies

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

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

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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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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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