What will I learn?

If you have a curiosity about how the Earth works, a love of the outdoors and a desire to tackle complex world issues such as climate change, then this may be the degree for you. Geophysics is the study of physical processes through the use of physics and mathematics, applying them to the Earth. Meteorology uses similar methods and techniques to study: * atmospheric dynamics * climate change * meteorological phenomena There is a strong connection between geophysics and meteorology. Many of the Earth's processes can affect our atmosphere, climate and weather - including:* gravity* heat transfer* ocean currents* volcanic eruptions As well as being fascinating, the study of geophysics and meteorology are increasingly important to us all. The mounting impacts of global climate change and extreme weather events pose ever more significant challenges for society and the environment. Join us as we explore these critical issues by studying the physical processes of our magnificent planet - from its hot core through to its crust and oceans, atmosphere and beyond. **Why Geophysics and meteorology?**Geophysics and meteorology have significant impacts on the welfare of society and our world. In fact, exploration geophysics has helped us find the energy sources that have driven many of the social and economic advances over the last century.Now, these techniques are increasingly being used to safeguard our natural environment. For example:* gravity surveys can tell us about mass losses from the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica * these surveys can also identify changes in the water table in regions reliant on groundwater* large scale global seismology has helped us to identify areas at risk from earthquakes and tsunami, saving lives The use of Earth's natural resources is also evolving. You will:* learn how the applications for natural resource exploration are shifting into new and innovative technologies * understand these technologies, helping ensure the Earth's resources are used and disposed of more sustainably* benefit from the research and expertise of our academics, many of whom are at the forefront of this change**What will I learn?**You will acquire a thorough grounding in geophysics, allied with an appreciation of atmospheric processes and the techniques which can be used to study them. You will learn to understand our world, so you can help safeguard its future. We will train you in the fundamental physical principles and mathematical techniques of geophysics. You will learn to apply these techniques to diverse fields, for example: * monitoring the Earth's changing environment and climate* mapping environmental pollution above and below ground * measuring rock and soil properties prior to civil engineering work * examining the exploration and production of energy and water resources * mineral exploration * understanding the behaviour of the Earth's deep interior* understanding how the Earth and other planets have formed and changed over their lifetime * studying the Earth's atmosphere including its structure, thermodynamic processes, rain formation, radiation and air pollution * interpreting weather systems and climate processes **Why study in Edinburgh?**By studying geophysics and meteorology 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 geophysicists, climate scientists 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.

Which department am I in?

School of GeoSciences

Study options

Full Time (5 Years)

Tuition fees
£30,400.00 (US$ 40,533) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

12 September 2022


Central area campus

George Square,


Edinburgh, City Of,

EH8 9JZ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum entry requirements in the standardised tests are: ACT score of 27 plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+; SAT score of 1290+ (650+ in Evidence based reading and Writing and 620+ in Math) plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+; 3 AP scores at 4+; 3 SAT Subject Test scores of 650+; A combination of the AP and SAT, such as 1 AP score at 4+ and 2 SAT Subject Tests at 650+. A combination of AP and SAT Subject tests are acceptable, provided they are in different subjects. For example, AP French and SAT Physics are acceptable as two scores, but AP French and SAT French are only considered once. Students with International Baccalaureate or French Baccalaureate will be considered. The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma is accepted for entry. The Diploma must include three Cambridge International A Levels achieved with points equivalent to the A Level grade requirements for the programme including required subjects. Many of our degree programmes require that you have some experience of the subject at high school. This means that one or more of your three standardised test scores must include specific subject requirements, such as an AP score or SAT subject test in a certain subject relevant to the degree you are applying to. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual undergraduate degree programmes.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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