This degree is for you if you want to learn more about how our planet works, tackle the greatest challenges facing society and the natural world, and help protect the planet and find out how we can live sustainably on it. Why Earth sciences? The world needs Earth scientists now more than ever before to help address the climate crisis, adapt to environmental changes, secure the energy and materials society needs, and learn how to live more safely and sustainably. You will study our Earth's past to forecast and safeguard its future, learn about the structure and composition of the Earth, develop a deep understanding of the many processes that shape the Earth and life on it, and learn how these processes interact and depend on each other. Our degree will help you play a valuable role in our transition to a fair and sustainable society. What will I learn? This is a new cutting-edge degree that prepares you for advanced careers in the Earth sciences and beyond. It balances data science, programming, and computing skills with traditional field and laboratory skills, along with a knowledge of Earth sciences. We will train you in the skills needed to answer important questions in the Earth sciences, including:
- how we can mitigate the effects of global change
- what tools we can use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- why our planet is able to sustain life
- how the Earth's interior works, and how these processes affect the surface
- how we can sustainably manage the Earth's resources to meet our energy, mineral, and water needs
- how we can improve our understanding of natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes to reduce their risk and save lives
- acquiring, analysing, assessing and presenting a wide range of data
- computing skills including programming and use of specialist software
- computer modelling and mapping
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- We have pioneered research proving human-caused greenhouse gasses are warming our planet, helping to underpin the 2015 Paris Agreement.
- We are working with major space agencies to monitor the environment using satellite data.
- We are 16th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022.
- We are in the world's top 50 and the UK's top 10 universities for natural sciences, environmental sciences, geology, geophysics, earth and marine sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
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How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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.
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Minimum Qualification Requirements
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||92||Total 92 with at least 20 in each component (including Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Total 176 with at least 162 in each component.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Total 176 with at least 162 in each component.|
|Trinity ISE||ISE II with distinctions in all four components.|
|PTE Academic||62||Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.|
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; GCSE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate at 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, Trinity ISE, or PTE, 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:
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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