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Earth Science, BSc/MSci

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #77 (QS) Glasgow, United Kingdom
The Earth Science course at the University of Glasgow is the study of the Earth system, particularly the interaction of geology with surface processes and environments and associated natural and anthropogenic changes. 
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Earth Science focuses on the study of past and future, water resources, landscape evolution, environmental and natural hazards. You will use your understanding of the Earth system to solve real world socio-environmental problems. Glasgow’s Earth Science graduates have gone on to be employed in environmental consultancies, governmental organisations, charities and engineering. 

Why study the Earth Science course at the University of Glasgow?

  • Fieldwork is a fundamental part of studying Earth Science at the University of Glasgow, and all students undertake field classes from the first year, with field trips to Holyrood Park Edinburgh, Fife and Arran in years one and two, and residential courses on Mull and in Tenerife in years three and four
  • We deliver a series of specialised courses that will uniquely prepare you for a career in geotechnical engineering
  • The School works collaboratively with the Hunterian Museum, which provides students with world-class samples to work with
  • There are four fully dedicated laboratories equipped with microscopes, maps, hand-specimens, thin-sections and specialised software, available 24 hours a day
  • You can be part of GUESS – the University of Glasgow’s Earth Science Society, part of the Students’ Representative Council
  • Travelling and overseas work are major features of a geoscience career and we encourage our students to take advantage of the University’s extensive exchange programmes to study abroad. Our students have studied in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, California and Europe, and there are over 250 universities to choose from
  • Find out more about what it's like to study in the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences: meet our students


Our recent graduates of the Earth Science course at the University of Glasgow are employed by organisations including Atkins, BAM Nuttall Ltd, BAM Ritchies, Equinor Hywind, Mason Evans, Scottish Environment, RSPB,  Scottish Water and SEPA.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      Earth Science MSci: 5 year degree

  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Climates: Past And Future
  • Hydrogeology And Environmental Geochemistry
  • Geomorphology: Tectonics And Surface Processes
  • Geological Skills: Spatial, Numerical, Geophysical And Field Methods
  • Quaternary Geoscience
  • Geological Hazards: Field Skills And Problem Solving
  • Independent Earth Science Mapping Dissertation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements


  • Standard entry requirements: AAB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum entry requirements: BBB considered for offer if additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: Minimum of ONE relevant Science A-level. 


  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5 guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5 considered for offer if additional requirements met.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21920 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland: £27,750 per total

Living costs for Glasgow

  • 620 - 1020 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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