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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…
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
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.
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?
An extraordinary city
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.
An extraordinary future awaits
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.
Whatever success looks like to you… you can achieve the extraordinary.
The University of Edinburgh is
- ranked 22nd in the world in the current QS World University Rankings
- ranked 19th in the world and 7th in the UK for geography
The School of GeoSciences ranked 1st in the country for Research Impact.
Edinburgh is ranked 2nd in the UK and 10th in the world for best student city.
- QS World University Rankings 2024
- QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
- Times Higher Education rankings.
- QS Best Student Cities 2023.
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.
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