School of GeoSciences

University of Edinburgh

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School of Geosciences

Open to a world of possibilities

Our pioneering research proved human-caused greenhouse gasses are warming our planet and underpinned the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The Scottish Government used our work in public health data to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And that's just the start...

Join a world-leading university

As a world-leading university, we are here to address tomorrow's greatest challenges.

Our staff and students contribute to a thriving community whose visions are shaping tomorrow's world. We have more than 400 years of excellence behind us. Working together, we can make the next 400 years even better.

Our interdisciplinary Master's programmes span the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, providing you with unique opportunities to explore and tackle global challenges.

You will learn from world-leading academics, conducting ground-breaking research that directly informs the teaching you receive as they share their discoveries with you.

We are ranked in the UK's top 10 universities and the world's top 100 universities for the employability of our graduates*. We also have a dedicated Careers Service to help you.

You'll also be living in Scotland's vibrant and historic capital city, regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. A stimulating place to study, Edinburgh is an irresistible blend of history, natural beauty and modern city life.

Being open to the world today brings greater potential and possibilities for tomorrow.

Climate change

Our University is playing a vital role in the climate crisis.

We are one of the largest and most successful groups of researchers delivering crucial work on the science of climate change, its impacts and risks, and options for adaption and mitigation.

Many of our researchers are pioneers in their field, with their work underpinning some of the most important international policy decisions in history.

School of Geosciences

Edinburgh Climate Change Institute

We are proud to run the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI). It brings together law, business, social science, technology, and policy experts to help develop a low-carbon society.

Through ECCI, you will have the opportunity to work and network alongside professionals and potential employers within this high-demand field.

Visit the ECCI website

Open to the world*

  • TOP 20 – The University of Edinburgh is ranked 15th in the world
  • 4TH in the World and 1st in the UK for Sustainability
  • 2ND - Edinburgh is ranked 2nd best student city in the UK, and 10th best student city in the world.
  • TOP 10 – We are ranked in the UK's top 10 for the employability of our graduates.

What is it really like to study with us?

Visit our student blog, where our students share their study experiences, living in Edinburgh and everything in-between.

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Meet us virtually

Find out about study and student life in Edinburgh from the people who know it best - our staff and students. Postgraduate open days, events and visits.

What’s next?

Open your mind to your options and find a degree that's perfectly suited to your interests and career aspirations.

Scholarships and funding opportunities

We offer a range of scholarships and funding opportunities. Please visit our website for further details.

* (QS World University Rankings 2023, QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023, QS Best Student Cities 2023, Times Higher Education - Overall Ranking of Institutions and Global Employability University Ranking 2021)

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