University of Edinburgh


King's Buildings Campus


Year 1:
You will study the core courses Human Geography and Earth Surface Systems, 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 and although BSc students are encouraged to choose science-based subjects, and MA students to take social science subjects, there is room for flexibility.

Year 2:
You can choose to study Economic and Political Geography, Environmental Sensitivity and Change, Social and Cultural Geography and Geomorphology, plus two outside courses. Or you can choose a minimum of two geography courses and four outside courses. Fieldwork in the Netherlands and Wales is offered. This provides an introduction to a range of research methods.

Year 3:
You will take core courses that explore the nature of geographical knowledge, methodology and why geography matters, together with courses that develop skills in research and analysis. You will complete two optional courses drawn from a wide selection related to staff research. You will also choose a topic for your dissertation and submit your research plan.

Year 4:
In addition to writing your dissertation, you will take the core course Visions for Geography, choose one course from a choice of research electives, including fieldwork opportunities in Iceland, the Western Isles of Scotland or the Scottish Highlands, and take two further honours optional courses related to staff research.

Entry Requirements

2023 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AAAB (minimum) but typically AAAA (by end of S5 preferred) preferably including Geography plus English and Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5 at C.

For direct entry to year 2 you require 3 Advanced Highers at AAB including Geography.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at AABB (by end of S6) preferably including Geography plus English and Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5 at C. Highers at BBB must be achieved in one sitting S4-S6.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


College of Science and Engineering



SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals