Geography, Society and Environment

Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


Level 1
Emphasises the social science subjects including History of the Built Environment, Economics and An Introduction to Human Geography. There is an emphasis on sustainable development in the selection of subjects offered during level 1. In addition to lecture and classroom-based work, students take part in a residential study trip to a major British city.

Level 2
Begins to lay down solid foundations in human and economic geography by building on level 1 through subjects such as City Life and Difference, Political Economics and Governance and Participation. At level 2 students also begin to study towards the physical geography components of the degree through subjects such as Geology and Soil Properties and Environment and Behaviour.

Level 3
Emphasises the environmental planning and physical geography dimensions of the degree –through subjects such as Sustainable Environments, Environmental Engineering and Planning Theory. Subjects such as Geotechnics, Introduction to Soil Mechanics and Transportation Engineering build on physical geography subjects introduced during level 2.

Level 4
Offers opportunities for students to customise their studies through the choice of a research dissertation topic (a substantial part of the final year course marks). The main theme represented by level 4 is Urban Geography through studying subjects including Urban Economy and Property Markets, Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing and Urban Infrastructure and Resource Management.

Entry Requirements

2021 entry requirements:
Standard entry: 4/5 Highers at AABB or BBBBC plus English and Maths at National 5.

Widening access entry: 4 Highers at BBBC plus English and Maths at National 5.

For entry to Level 2 you would require 2 Advanced Highers at BB plus 4/5 Highers at AABB or BBBBC.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society


Geography and Urban Studies

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals