Geography, Society and Environment

Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


Year 1
8 mandatory modules
Providing introductory knowledge and understanding of subjects relevant to real-world issues across the globe such as human geography, geography in the city, our dynamic earth, Scottish geographies and Geography Today.

Year 2
6 mandatory modules | 2 optional modules
Introducing new laboratory and fieldwork skills in surveying and mapping, mandatory modules include urban political economy, catchment hydrology, city life and difference, and geomorphology, landscapes and society. Students will choose 2 optional modules from subjects covering various languages, maths, biology and design.

Year 3
5 mandatory modules | 3 optional modules
Year 3 offers more critical understanding of key human geography topics including comparative urban development, place and place-making and governance and participation. Preparation for the final year dissertation begins with a core module in research methods. Students also get the opportunity to continue with some physical geography topics, including coastal and marine geographies and river geomorphology.

Year 4
Dissertation | 2 mandatory modules | 4 optional modules
Students complete an individual dissertation project, complete 2 core modules (technical networks and urban resilience and social sustainability) and will choose 4 optional modules from subjects such as cross cultural perspectives on society, global heritage, urban economy and property markets, UK and international housing markets and environmental planning.

Entry Requirements

2022 entry requirements:
Standard entry: 4 Highers at AABB 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 Highers at AABB.

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