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The University of Edinburgh

Geophysics and Geology

UCAS Code: F690

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

Required subjects: A Levels: Mathematics at A and Physics at B. GCSEs: 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: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) and Physics at 5. SL: English at 5.

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: Mathematics at A and Physics at B. National 5s: 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 | 2021

Subjects

Geophysics

Geology

How old is the Earth, and how has it evolved? Can we understand its innermost core through to its crust, oceans and atmosphere? How do these components interact within the Earth system? Can understanding the past help us interpret the current Earth and make future projections?

If you seek answers to these questions, love getting your hands dirty and want to apply your aptitude for science to the great outdoors, then the BSc in Geophysics and Geology may be for you.

Our world is facing unprecedented challenges including:

- global climate change

- extreme weather events and hazards

- a growing population

- and depleting natural resources

The need for Earth scientists has never been greater.

Through this programme, you will gain an understanding of the inner workings of our planet, to safeguard its future.

This degree offers you the best of both Geology and Geophysics. It integrates these subjects into an understanding of the Earth from its origin, composition and structure with an emphasis on physical processes such as gravity, seismology and magnetism.

Many people confuse geology and geophysics. Both geologists and geophysicists are geoscientists who study the Earth and how it works, and the study of geology and geophysics intersects. For example, they both explore the mechanisms behind plate tectonics.

- Geologists focus on the materialistic surface of the Earth and its evolution.

- Geophysicists are mainly concerned about the physical processes of the Earth, such as its internal composition to the atmosphere, as well as magnetic, gravitational and electrical forces.

By studying both approaches, you will gain deeper insights into both subjects.

As a student in Geology and Geophysics, you will have the opportunity to study all aspects of the Earth, from formation, planetary accretion and evolution of life through to the present-day surface and environmental processes and the impact of global climate change. Through this degree, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in a diverse range of areas such as sustainable exploration, environmental protection and the management of our natural resources.

You will have access to an extensive range of specialist facilities including:

- geophysics field equipment

- airborne drone imaging

- geochemistry laboratories

- high-performance computing

Edinburgh is the birthplace of Earth sciences as a scientific subject, a legacy which continues to this day through world-leading research, teaching and the communication of science.

If you choose to study Geophysics and Geology at the University of Edinburgh, you will become part of an academic community in one of the leading geoscience departments in the UK and one of the top-ranked universities in the world. As a result, you will experience teaching and learning at the forefront of this knowledge and learn from one of the largest groupings of geoscientists in Europe who are undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas.

We hope that by studying this degree, you can play an important role in our transition into a more sustainable society.

**Flexible options**

Our degree programs are flexible, allowing you to switch between Geophysics programmes at the start of your second year. Depending on your future plans, you can choose from Geophysics, Geophysics and Geology, or Geophysics and Meteorology. The course structure also makes it possible to transfer to Physics at the end of your first year.

You have the option to stay an extra year and do an MEarthPhys integrated Masters. You can also choose the 'Professional Placement' option, and spend a year at an external organisation between years three and four, to graduate with an integrated masters degree.

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
£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.

73%
low
Geophysics
73%
low
Geology

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.

Geophysics

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

86%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

56%
UK students
44%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A*
A

Geology

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

86%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
8%
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.

Geophysics

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

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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Geophysics

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

£22k

£22k

£31k

£31k

£36k

£36k

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.

Geology

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

£22k

£22k

£31k

£31k

£36k

£36k

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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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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