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Geology

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

Required subjects: A Levels: two of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4 and Mathematics at A or 7. If you achieved a B or 6 in Mathematics, please contact us before applying.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-30

32 points with 555 at HL - 30 points with 555 at HL. Required subjects: HL: two of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) or Physics at 5. SL: English at 5 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,B,B,B-B,B,B,B

ABBB-BBBB by end of S5 or AABB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: two of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, or Physics at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: English at C and Mathematics at A. If you achieved a B in Mathematics, please contact us before applying.

UCAS Tariff

108-128

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About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Geology

Physical geography

Earth sciences

The Earth is billions of years old - but what is the ultimate destiny of our world?

Through geology, you can study our planet's fascinating history to predict and protect its future.

With the MEarthSci Geology, you will learn about how:

* the Earth was formed

* the planet has changed over time

* the processes that shape our planet affects our life upon it

**Why Geology?**

Geologists seek to understand the planet from its core through to the surface, using subjects such as:

* chemistry

* physics

* biology

* physical geography

Geologists ask important questions of the world and study:

* the impacts humans have on our planet

* how life on Earth responded to major climate changes

* how to find and use the Earth's resources

By studying the past, preserved in rocks, geologists also aim to understand and prepare for future climate change scenarios.

At the same time, our growing population and increasing demand for energy are affecting the planet today, so geologists:

* develop new ways to utilise greener energy resources, such as geothermal heat, to reduce our reliance on hydrocarbon

* identify where to best store the energy produced through wind and solar farms

* source the metals and minerals needed for these renewable energy sources

* advise on where to safely dispose of problematic wastes from chemical and nuclear industries

* find the raw materials in the Earth that we rely on in construction, telecommunications and many other industries

**What will I learn?**

We will train you in the skills needed to answer the important questions in the Earth sciences, including:

* How can we predict and limit the effects of global climate change?

* What tools can we use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere?

* Why is our planet able to sustain life?

* How does the Earth's interior work, and how do these processes affect the surface?

* How can we sustainably manage the Earth's resources?

* How can we improve our understanding of natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to reduce their risk and save lives?

**Why study in Edinburgh?**

By studying geology 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 leading geologists and Earth scientists at the forefront of their fields, undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas

By studying this degree, you can play a vital role in our transition into a more sustainable society.

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.

74%
low
Geology
78%
med
Physical geography
74%
low
Earth sciences

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.

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
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

74%
Library resources
62%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
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?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

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.

Geology

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
52%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Conservation and environment professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations

The market for geologists is has been quite linked to the oil industry for some time now, and the drop in the price of oil has meant the industry has stopped recruiting as many people for the time being. Geologists are still in demand, though, so the main effect has been to reduce the opportunities - and salaries - for geologists working abroad. At home, the oil industry remains a big employer, and so are the mining, civil engineering, construction and consultancy industries, with geology graduates working as geologists, geophysicists, civil engineers and environmental professionals.

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

Earth 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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
52%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Conservation and environment professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations

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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