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Geophysics and Meteorology

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 655 at HL - 32 points with 655 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at 6 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. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. 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 | 2022

Subjects

Geophysics

Meteorology

If you have a curiosity about how the Earth works, a love of the outdoors and a desire to tackle complex world issues such as climate change, then the BSc Geophysics and Meteorology may be for you.

Geophysics is the study of physical processes through the use of physics and mathematics, applying them to the Earth. Meteorology uses similar methods and techniques to study:

* atmospheric dynamics

* climate change

* meteorological phenomena

There is a strong connection between geophysics and meteorology. Many of the Earth's processes can affect our atmosphere, climate and weather - including:

* gravity

* heat transfer

* ocean currents

* volcanic eruptions

As well as being fascinating, the study of geophysics and meteorology are increasingly important to us all. The mounting impacts of global climate change and extreme weather events pose ever more significant challenges for society and the environment.

Join us as we explore these critical issues by studying the physical processes of our magnificent planet - from its hot core through to its crust and oceans, atmosphere and beyond.

**Why Geophysics and meteorology?**

Geophysics and meteorology have significant impacts on the welfare of society and our world.

In fact, exploration geophysics has helped us find the energy sources that have driven many of the social and economic advances over the last century.

Now, these techniques are increasingly being used to safeguard our natural environment.

For example:

* gravity surveys can tell us about mass losses from the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica

* these surveys can also identify changes in the water table in regions reliant on groundwater

* large scale global seismology has helped us to identify areas at risk from earthquakes and tsunami, saving lives

The use of Earth's natural resources is also evolving. You will:

* learn how the applications for natural resource exploration are shifting into new and innovative technologies

* understand these technologies, helping ensure the Earth's resources are used and disposed of more sustainably

* benefit from the research and expertise of our academics, many of whom are at the forefront of this change

**What will I learn?**

You will acquire a thorough grounding in geophysics, allied with an appreciation of atmospheric processes and the techniques which can be used to study them. You will learn to understand our world, so you can help safeguard its future.

We will train you in the fundamental physical principles and mathematical techniques of geophysics. You will learn to apply these techniques to diverse fields, for example:

* monitoring the Earth's changing environment and climate

* mapping environmental pollution above and below ground

* measuring rock and soil properties prior to civil engineering work

* examining the exploration and production of energy and water resources

* mineral exploration

* understanding the behaviour of the Earth's deep interior

* understanding how the Earth and other planets have formed and changed over their lifetime

* studying the Earth's atmosphere including its structure, thermodynamic processes, rain formation, radiation and air pollution

* interpreting weather systems and climate processes

**Why study in Edinburgh?**

By studying geophysics and meteorology 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 geophysicists, climate scientists 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
Geophysics
74%
low
Meteorology

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?

62%
UK students
38%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
78%
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.

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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