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Geophysics and Geology MEarthPhys

University of Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    Master of Earth Physics - MEarthPhys

  • Location

    Central area campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    5 Years

Course summary

How old is the Earth, and how has it evolved? Can we understand its innermost core through to its crust, oceans and atmosphere? How do these components interact within the Earth system? Can understanding the past help us interpret the current Earth and make future projections? If you seek answers to these questions, love getting your hands dirty and want to apply your aptitude for science to the great outdoors, then the BSc in Geophysics and Geology may be for you. Our world is facing unprecedented challenges including: - global climate change - extreme weather events and hazards - a growing population - and depleting natural resources The need for Earth scientists has never been greater. Through this programme, you will gain an understanding of the inner workings of our planet, to safeguard its future. This degree offers you the best of both Geology and Geophysics. It integrates these subjects into an understanding of the Earth from its origin, composition and structure with an emphasis on physical processes such as gravity, seismology and magnetism. Many people confuse geology and geophysics. Both geologists and geophysicists are geoscientists who study the Earth and how it works, and the study of geology and geophysics intersects. 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 to the atmosphere, as well as magnetic, gravitational and electrical forces. By studying both approaches, you will gain deeper insights into both subjects. As a student in Geology and Geophysics, you will have the opportunity to study all aspects of the Earth, from formation, planetary accretion and evolution of life through to the present-day surface and environmental processes and the impact of global climate change. Through this degree, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in a diverse range of areas such as sustainable exploration, environmental protection and the management of our natural resources. You will have access to an extensive range of specialist facilities including - geophysics field equipment - airborne drone imaging - geochemistry laboratories - high-performance computing Edinburgh is the birthplace of Earth sciences as a scientific subject, a legacy which continues to this day through world-leading research, teaching and the communication of science. If you choose to study Geophysics and Geology at the University of Edinburgh, you will become part of an academic community in one of the leading geoscience departments in the UK and one of the top-ranked universities in the world. As a result, you will experience teaching and learning at the forefront of this knowledge and learn from one of the largest groupings of geoscientists in Europe who are undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas. We hope that by studying this degree, you can play an important role in our transition into a more sustainable society. This five-year programme follows the 4-year BSc Geophysics and Geology programme until the end of Year 4. In Year 5 you will work on an additional independent research project. **Flexible options** Our degree programs are flexible, allowing you to switch between Geophysics programmes at the start of your second year. Depending on your future plans, you can choose from Geophysics, Geophysics and Geology, or Geophysics and Meteorology. The course structure also makes it possible to transfer to Physics at the end of your first year. All of our Geophysics degrees are also available as a 4-year BSc. You can also choose the 'Professional Placement' option, and spend a year at

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 28,950per 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

    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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