University Of Edinburgh Geography

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University Of Edinburgh Geography

BSc Geography

UCAS code: F800

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: GeoSciences

College: Science and Engineering

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Year 1

You will study the compulsory courses Human Geography and Physical Geography, which introduce key geographic ideas. They focus on global economic, social and environmental problems and change.

You can also choose courses from other academic areas. BSc students will target courses that expand their scientific grounding while MA students often focus on humanities. The range of courses offered gives you a chance to try something new.

Year 2

You will take Fundamental Methods in Geography which includes a field trip to the Scottish Highlands. You will also take at least two from Economic & Political Geography, Environmental Sensitivity & Change, Social & Cultural Geography and Geomorphology. As in Year 1 you will have significant flexibiity in your option choices.

Year 3

You will focus on the aspects of geography that interest you most, Compulsory courses, Nature of Geographical Knowledge, Research Skills, and Research Design lead you through the process of planning independent geographical research for your dissertation in Year 4 and teach important transferable skills.

Field trips are also offered, with Athens, Cape Town and Wales among recent destinations. You will also choose option courses in geography.

Year 4

Your final year has a central focus on developing and producing your dissertation – your opportunity to produce an independent and original piece of geographical research. Your topic will be supervised by a member of academic staff operating at the research frontier of your chosen topic.

You will also choose three further optional geography courses, as in Year 3 being drawn from across the whole field of geographical research, and including fieldwork opportunities that, subject to demand, include Iceland, the Western Isles of Scotland, Berlin, or the Scottish Highlands.

Your programme is completed by studying Geography, Science and Civil Society, a course that showcases the many applications geographical research has in addressing and solving real-world challenges.

Programme structure

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Programme structure (2017/18)

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA. Students with more than one science are preferred.
  • A Levels: AAA. Students with more than one science are preferred.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL. Students with more than one science are preferred.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5 or AABBB/AAAB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6, to include two from Geography (preferred), Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Geology; with National 5 Mathematics at Grade B.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting, to include two from Geography (preferred), Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Geology; with GCSE Mathematics at Grade B or 6.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 555 at HL to include two from Geography (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. Diploma must include Mathematics SL 5, if not held at HL. If you do not have SL Maths please contact the admissions office.

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International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

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