Bachelor On Campus

Geology and Physical Geography

The University of Edinburgh

60 months
30400 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Geology and Physical Geography programme at The University of Edinburgh will give you an integrated scientific understanding of the Earth as a connected system. The topography of which is developed through the interaction of surface and deep Earth processes.


Do you want to help tackle some of the key challenges facing our society and our natural world?

As populations around the world expand and the effects of climate change become more tangible, people are becoming increasingly exposed to hazards such as:

  • flooding
  • landslides
  • earthquakes
  • volcanoes

Human activities have put pressure on Earth's limited resources and caused global warming, with far-reaching environmental impacts including:

  • changes in rainfall
  • ocean acidification
  • coastal erosion
  • loss of glaciers and ice caps
  • sea-level rise

Now, more than ever, we need Earth scientists to help us tackle the climate crisis, adapt to environmental changes, and live more safely and sustainably on our dynamic Earth. 

The Geology and Physical Geography programme at The University of Edinburgh will develop your understanding of:

  • the Earth from its origin, composition and structure (geology)
  • how rivers, glaciers, volcanoes, and human impact define the modern and ancient landscape at all scales (physical geography)

Career opportunities

Studying the Earth sciences gives you a wide range of career opportunities. The vast majority of our graduates move straight into degree-related employment or further study.

Additionally, our programmes prepare you for competitive entry into relevant postgraduate degree programmes. A significant number of our students progress to further postgraduate study and research in areas such as:

  • geology
  • geographical information systems (GIS)
  • hydrogeology
  • geomorphology
  • glaciology
  • geoenergy
  • town planning
  • environmental management


This programme is accredited by the Geological Society of London.

Programme Structure

  • This five-year programme follows the BSc Geology & Physical Geography programme until the end of Year 4.
  • In Year 5 you will develop your understanding of the Earth system, in particular surface processes and linked interactions around landscape formation and climate change.
  • This programme is designed to develop your research skills, including new methods of data acquisition using state-of-the-art instrumentation and report writing.
  • It provides a solid foundation for a career in Earth sciences or further study at PhD level.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


600 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB - BBBB by end of S5 or AABB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB - BBB.
  • IB: 32 points with 555 at HL - 30 points with 555 at HL.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30400 GBP per year during 60 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 60 months.
  • Home - RUK fees: £9,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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