The University of Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate

Geology

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Course summary

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.

Course details


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
F640
Institution code:
E56
Campus name:
Central area campus
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Direct entry to second year is available. Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.ed.ac.uk/ug/F640

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Please click the following link to find out more about minimum qualification requirements for this course

https://www.ed.ac.uk/ug/F640


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.56.5 overall with 5.5 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)9292 or above with 20 in each section (including Special Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with 162 in each component.
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with 162 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE II with a distinction in all four components.

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Full details of our English language requirements can be found on our website:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/entry-requirements/english-language


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
EU £30400 Year 1
International £30400 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scotland In 2021-22 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2022-23 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2022. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. England/Wales/N Ireland The Rest of UK (RUK) rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2021 entry. For 2022 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees. Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme -
Geology at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS