University of Edinburgh


King's Buildings Campus


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 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 will take Fundamental Methods in Geography. You can also choose to study Economic & Political Geography, Environmental Sensitivity & Change, Social & Cultural Geography and Geomorphology, plus one other course. Alternatively you can choose a minimum of two geography courses and three others.

Year 3:
You will take courses that explore the nature of geographical knowledge and methodology together with courses that develop skills in research and analysis. Fieldwork in Istanbul, Berlin and Wales is offered. This provides an introduction to a range of research methods.

You will complete two option 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 Geography, Science and Civil Society, choose one course from a choice of research options, including fieldwork opportunities in Iceland, the Western Isles of Scotland or the Scottish Highlands, and take two further honours option courses related to staff research.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (first sitting) or AAAB (two sittings) including 2 from Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Physics plus Maths at National 5 at B and English.

For direct entry to year 2 you would require 3 Advanced Highers at AAB including Geography and one from Maths, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (by end of S6) including 2 from Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Physics plus Maths at National 5 at B. and English Highers at BBB must be achieved in one sitting S4-S6.

Start Date





BSc 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