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Geography

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

Required subjects: A Levels: two of Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Electronics, Environmental Science/Studies, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics at B. GCSEs: Mathematics at B or 6 and English at C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

34 points with 555 at HL - 32 points with 555 at HL. Required subjects: HL: two of Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) or Physics at 5. SL: English and Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at 5 (if not at HL). If you do not have Mathematics please contact us before applying.

Scottish Higher

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

AABB-ABBB by end of S5 or AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: two of Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, or Physics at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: Mathematics at B and English at C.

UCAS Tariff

114-144

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

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Physical geography

Do you have a love of the outdoors, the environment, and a hunger to understand how our planet works? Are you concerned about how the changing climate is impacting our atmosphere, oceans, environment and landscapes? Geography may be for you.

**What is geography?**

Geography is the study of the way the world works. You can explore our ever-changing world from volcanoes, flooding, and climate change through to human issues such as sustainability, health, and social justice.

Understanding geography is becoming increasingly important, 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

**The BSc Geography**

The BSc Geography is an environmental geography degree. It enables you to specialise in physical geography, using natural science to learn about the Earth' s surface processes.

You will explore the changes happening to our planet, either naturally or as a direct result of the actions of people around the world. These include:

* climate change

* environmental degradation

* natural hazards

You will have the opportunity to learn quantitative skills, including computer modelling, mapping and data presentation using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Demand is growing for these data skills across a range of employment sectors.

You will also study aspects of human geography, as it is essential to understand our impact on the world and our ways of living within it.

The programme is flexible, so you will have opportunities to build your degree around areas that you are most curious or passionate about.

**Open to a world of possibilities**

By studying geography at the University of Edinburgh, you will:

* join one of the top-ranked universities in the world

* become part of an academic community in one of the leading geosciences departments in the UK

* enjoy access to a world of experience with our research and industry networks

* learn from geographers at the forefront of their fields, undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas

Our staff will incorporate the latest research in your teaching, and share their discoveries with you.

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
£30,400
per year
International
£30,400
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:

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.

78%
med
Physical 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.

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

73%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
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?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
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.

Physical geographical sciences

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
62%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Conservation and environment professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Geography, earth and environmental 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.

£20k

£20k

£26k

£26k

£29k

£29k

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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