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Geophysics and Geology BSc (Hons)

University of Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Central area campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

If you have a curiosity about how our planet works, a love of the outdoors, and an aptitude for science, then the BSc Geophysics and Geology may be for you. Through geophysics and geology, you can study our planet's fascinating history to predict and protect its future.You will learn:* how old the Earth is and how it was formed* how our planet has changed over time* about the processes that shape our planet and how that affects the life upon it* about how these processes interact within the Earth system* how understanding the past can help us interpret the current Earth and make future projectionsJoin us as we explore our magnificent planet, from its hot core through to its crust and oceans, atmosphere and beyond. **What will I learn?**The Geophysics and Geology programme will develop and combine your understanding of:* the inner workings of planet Earth, its composition and structure* the origin of our world and how it has evolved through time* physical processes such as gravity, seismology and magnetismMany people confuse geology and geophysics - this degree offers you the best of both subjects. Both geologists and geophysicists are geoscientists who study the Earth and how it works. For example, they both explore the mechanisms behind plate tectonics. Geologists focus on the materialistic surface of the Earth and its evolution.Geophysicists are mainly concerned about the physical processes of the Earth, such as:* its internal composition* the planet's atmosphere* magnetic, gravitational and electrical forcesBy studying both approaches, you will gain deeper insights into each subject. It is this integrated understanding that underpins research on global change and some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges.You will have access to a range of cutting-edge research facilities throughout your studies. In addition, programme academics will incorporate the latest research in the teaching you receive, and share their discoveries with you. As a student in geology and geophysics, you will have the opportunity to learn about:* all aspects of the Earth, from its formation to the evolution of life * the present-day planetary surface and environmental processes* the impact of global climate change on our worldYou will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in a diverse range of areas such as:* sustainable exploration* environmental protection * the management of our natural resourcesYou will also have access to an extensive range of specialist facilities including: * geophysics field equipment * airborne drone imaging * geochemistry laboratories * high-performance computing **Why study in Edinburgh?**By studying geophysics and geology at the University of Edinburgh, you will: * join one of the top-ranked universities in the world* become part of an academic community in one of the leading geosciences departments in the UK * enjoy access to a world of experience with our research and industry networks* learn from leading geologists and Earth scientists at the forefront of their fields, undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areasBy studying this degree, you can play a vital role in our transition into a more sustainable society.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 30,400per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : ABB - AAA

Required subjects: A Levels: Mathematics at A and Physics at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4.


University information

University of Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

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

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    5th out of 30 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    213 96%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95.0 95%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%


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