Planit


Earth Sciences

University of Edinburgh

Venues

King's Buildings Campus

Content

In Geology you will study our planet’s evolution, understanding how it first formed, how it has changed over billions of years, and predicting what it will be like in the future. You will develop and apply key scientific and transferable skills to answer fundamental questions in earth science such as: Why is our planet able to sustain life? How does the Earth’s interior work, and how do processes affect the surface? How can we sustainably manage earth resources? Can we predict and mitigate the effects of global climate change? Can natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions be predicted?

You will develop key geological skills and cover core topics in modern geology. A strong emphasis is placed on fieldwork, with residential trips to the Lake District, various localities in north-west Scotland, Spain and Cyprus, as well as numerous one-day trips throughout. You will also progress a range of transferable skills, including report writing, oral presentations, data analysis and interpretation, critical thinking, group working and, as the programme progresses, the ability to work independently and manage project work.

Entry Requirements

2023 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBB (minimum) but typically ABBB (first sitting) or AABB (two sittings) including 2 from Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Physics plus Maths at National 5 at A and English at C.

For second year entry you would require 2 Advanced Highers at BB from Maths*, Biology, Chemistry*, Geography and Physics* (*at least one is required) plus 5 Highers at AABBB including 3 from Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Geography or Physics.

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

Start Date

September

Qualification

Degree

Award

MEarthSci

Study Method

Full time

UCAS Code

F640

Course Length

5 years

Faculty

College of Science and Engineering

Department

Geosciences

SCQF Level

11

Website

www.ed.ac.uk

Career Sectors

Agriculture

Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services

Forestry

Work with Animals