School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

The School of GeoSciences

At a glance...

  • The School of GeoSciences is an academic unit within the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

  • The primary function of the School is on-campus teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and research in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the natural environment.

  • The School's key research groups are Earth Subsurface Science, Global Change, Human Geography, the Edinburgh Earth Observatory and the Centre for Environmental Change and Sustainability.

  • We offer 11 BSc and MA undergraduate degree programmes. These cover a broad range of topics in our understanding of the earth and the natural and human environment. We also offer joint degree programmes with other Schools.

  • We offer a range of postgraduate courses, including PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research, taught MSc and Diploma courses, and tailored Continuing Professional Development courses.

  • The School has about 80 Academic Staff and a total of about 250 staff. There are about 230 postgraduate students and 1100 undergraduates, not counting those taking our courses as subsidiary subjects to other degree programmes. We are located in several buildings.

  • The School came into existence on 1 August 2002 by the merger of the former Institute of Ecology and Resource Management, Department of Geography, Department of Geology and Geophysics, and Institute for Meteorology.

  • In 2008 The School maintained its track record of RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) success. Our "Earth Systems and Environmental Science" was was ranked first in the UK in terms of the volume of international and world leading research (as tabulated by the journal Nature). The breadth of our research covers both "Earth Systems and Environmental Science" and "Geography and Environmental Studies" and our combined RAE score demonstrated that 66% of the research carried out in the School as a whole was rated within the top two categories: "world-leading" and "internationally excellent".