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  • Qualification

    Master of Earth Sciences - MEarthSci

  • Location

    Central area campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    5 Years

Course summary

The Earth is billions of years old. What is in store for its future? Through geology, you can study our planet's fascinating history in order to predict and protect its future. This degree will enable you to learn about how the Earth was formed, how it has changed over time, and how the processes that shape our planet affect our life on it. We can ask important questions in the earth sciences such as: - Why is our planet able to sustain life? - How does the Earth's interior work, and how do these processes affect the surface? - Can we sustainably manage the Earth's resources? - Can we predict and protect against the effects of global climate change? - Can natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions be understood, saving lives? Geologists seek to understand the planet from its core through to the surface, using subjects such as chemistry, physics, biology, and physical geography. They study how to find and use the Earth's resources, as well as exploring the challenges and impacts humans have on our planet. The past, preserved in rocks, teaches us how life on Earth responded to major climate changes. By studying these changes, geologists hope to understand and prepare for future climate change scenarios. At the same time, our growing population and increasing demand for energy are affecting the planet today. Geologists can seek to develop new ways to utilise green energy resources, such as geothermal heat, to reduce our reliance on hydrocarbons. It is also geologists who can identify where to best store the energy produced through wind and solar farms, as well as other techniques. They can also advise on where to dispose of problematic wastes from chemical and nuclear industries safely. Geologists also find the raw materials in the Earth that we rely on in construction, telecommunications and many other industries. Through this degree, you will gain in-depth knowledge and vital scientific skills for a wide range of careers as a geologist, so that you can make a real difference. While studying, you will have access to the School's range of cutting-edge facilities. You will undertake the analysis and investigation of rock samples as part of your laboratory-based courses and during your dissertation. If you choose to study geology at the University of Edinburgh, you will become part of an academic community in one of the leading geosciences departments in the UK, and one of the top-ranked universities in the world. You will learn from geologists and earth scientists who are the forefront and drivers of change and are undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas. We hope that by studying this degree, you can play an essential role in our transition into a more sustainable society. This five-year programme follows the BSc Geology programme until the end of Year 4. In Year 5 you will develop your analytical skills and a higher level of understanding of the Earth system.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 28,950per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : ABB - AAA

Required subjects: A Levels: two of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4 and Mathematics at A or 7. If you achieved a B or 6 in Mathematics, please contact the College of Science and Engineering Admissions Office.


University information

University of Edinburgh

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Edinburgh, Student Recruitment and Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH8 9JS, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 29 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    193 85%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%



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