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A world of possibilities, at the University of Edinburgh

Academics at the University of Edinburgh have pioneered research on the human contribution to climate change, which helped to underpin the UN Paris Agreement, and the Scottish Government used research work in public health data to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. That's just the start...

Study at the University of Edinburgh and join one of the largest and most successful groupings of geographers and geoscientists in the UK as we tackle the most significant issues of our time.

Making a difference starts here...

Undergraduate degrees: 

Geography degrees at the University of Edinburgh are accredited by the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers: 

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) Geography
  • Master of Arts (MA) Geography

You can also choose degrees in: 

  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecological and Environmental Sciences

Explore your undergraduate options

Postgraduate degrees: 

Postgraduate degrees at the University of Edinburgh are interdisciplinary and span the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, providing you with unique opportunities to explore and tackle global challenges. 

Explore your postgraduate options


Open to exploring

Oh, the places you'll go! The real world is the most important classroom, and the University of Edinburgh places a great deal of emphasis on delivering practical and field-based experiences. But, what do you actually do on a Geography field trip? The answer is...a lot!


Open your heart to Edinburgh

You'll get to live in Scotland's vibrant and historic capital city, regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. A stimulating place to study, Edinburgh is an irresistible blend of history, natural beauty and modern city life.

Around 100,000 students call Edinburgh home, giving the city a unique buzz and ensuring you’ll be in good company. The friends you meet, places you discover and the lasting memories you create will contribute as much to your university experience as your formal learning.

Edinburgh is not only a fantastic city to live, but an ideal location to see first-hand the subjects you are studying. The ancient volcano of ‘Arthurs Seat’ is smack bang in the middle of the city, and you can explore Scotland’s towering mountains, dense woodland glens, rugged coastlines, islands, and sparkling freshwater lochs.


Open to opportunities

Graduates from the University of Edinburgh are highly employable and stand out in a competitive job market.

The University's global links offer you possibilities for fieldwork, industry placements and study abroad opportunities, and the research-led, industry-informed teaching incorporates the latest developments in your field.

There is an award-winning Careers Service which provides tailored advice, individual guidance and personal assistance, internships and networking opportunities with employers, and access to the knowledge and experience of the University's worldwide alumni network.


Open to the world

Top 20

  • The University of Edinburgh is ranked 16th in the world, and 17th in the world for geography

Top 10 in the UK

  • The University of Edinburgh is ranked 4th for Natural Sciences, 6th for Environmental Studies, 6th for Earth and Marine Sciences, and 7th for Geography;
  • ranked in the top 10 for the employability of graduates;
  • ranked 4th in the UK for research power;
  • Edinburgh is ranked 2nd best student city in the UK, and 12th best student city in the world

What is it really like to study at the University of Edinburgh?

Visit the student blog, where our geography, environment and Earth science students share their experiences of study, living in Edinburgh and everything in-between.

What's next?

There's far more information about degrees at the University of Edinburgh available online: Click through to explore:
Undergraduate degrees;
Postgraduate degrees

Meet virtually:
Find out about study and student life in Edinburgh from the people who know it best – staff and students: Click through to explore:
Undergraduate open days, events and visits;
Postgraduate open days, events and visits

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