Geography at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

If you:

  • love the environment
  • are eager to understand how our planet works
  • have a keen interest in cultures and societies
  • are concerned about the impact of climate change
Then geography may be for you. What is geography? Understanding geography is very important in this day and age. Geography is the study of the way the world works. The subject covers the natural and social sciences which helps you understand and tackle important environmental and societal issues. You can explore the physical processes of our planet, such as:
  • volcanoes
  • flooding
  • climate change
You can also explore human issues such as:
  • sustainability
  • health
  • social justice
You can study geography in two ways:
  • as a natural science through physical geography
  • as a social science or humanities subject, through human geography
What will I learn? The Bachelor of Science (BSc) Geography is an environmental geography degree. It specialises in physical geography. Using natural science, you will learn about the Earth's surface processes and their complex interactions. You will also study some human geography. We believe it is important to understand the ways we live in the world, as well as our impact on it. We will study the changes happening to our planet caused by both natural processes and people's actions around the world. Discover and study the forces that shape our ever-changing world, including:
  • volcanoes
  • glaciers and ice sheets
  • environmental degradation
  • natural hazards such as flooding
  • landscape geomorphology
  • climate change
Our degree teaches you important quantitative skills like:
  • computer modelling
  • mapping
  • data presentation
  • using Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • coding and programming languages
Demand is growing for these data skills across a range of employment sectors. This degree is also flexible. You will be able to build your degree around topics you are interested in. An extraordinary reputation We are one of the largest and most successful groupings of geographers, Earth and environmental scientists in the UK. Many of us are world experts in our field. Our staff will incorporate the latest research in your teaching, and share our discoveries with you.
  • We are 22nd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2024.
  • We are ranked 19th in the world and 7th in the UK for geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
  • Enjoy access to a world of experience with our research and industry networks.
  • Get advice and guidance with our dedicated careers service.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

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

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.We do not accept IELTS One Skill Retake to meet our English language requirements.
TOEFL (iBT)92Total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English AdvancedTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Cambridge English ProficiencyTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE II with distinctions in all four components.
PTE Academic65Total 65 with at least 54 in each component. We do not accept PTE Academic Online.

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. 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). Unless you are a national of a majority English speaking country, your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start of the month in which the degree you are applying to study begins. If you are using an IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE test, it must be no more than two years old on the first of the month in which the degree begins, regardless of your nationality.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £36800 Year 1
International £36800 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. 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 and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme.
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