Geography is key to understanding and resolving many of the most pressing problems faced by society, and the new curriculum reflects the changing nature of these problems and current approaches to addressing them.

The University of Aberdeen is ranked 1st in Scotland and 6th in the UK for Geography & Environmental Science by the Complete University Guide, 2022.

Our Degrees

We offer a range of Geography degrees which you can read more about below.

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Pathway Programmes

The University of Aberdeen International Study Centre offers preparation programmes for progression to undergraduate degree study at the university.

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Geography at Aberdeen can be studied as a BSc or an MA degree. Each route offers up a range of joint honours degrees where various arts or science can be studied.

Whether you are registered for BSc or MA, we make it possible for you to choose between science-focussed, humanities-directed or social-science-based Geography courses throughout your degree.

A student studying Single Honours in Geography will complete a four-year programme of study specialising in Geography in 3rd and 4th Year.

A student studying Joint Honours in Geography will complete a four-year degree, specialising in both Geography and another university subject during 3rd and 4th Year. You might, for example, qualify with a BSc (Hons) Geography-Geology degree, or an MA (Hons) Geography-Sociology degree.

Available Programmes of Study

Why Study Geography at Aberdeen?

  • Geography has a strong tradition at Aberdeen having been successfully taught here since the foundation of Marischal College in 1593 and established as a formal unit within the University in 1919.
  • The degree programme reflects modern day Geography, with course options reflecting the Department's research strengths in both human and physical Geography.
  • Our curriculum is also focussed on employability, with core courses on the degrees aimed at producing graduates who can think critically and in an interdisciplinary way, communicate well and are well educated in geographic skills and techniques.
  • The department, and its students, are at a distinct advantage being based in the north east of Scotland. The University is in close proximity to some of the most environmentally important and geographically varied landscapes in the whole of the UK.
  • We offer a range of Geography based degree programmes across Arts and Science, designed to suit the individual interests of our learners.
  • Students have the opportunity to engage with industry in a number of ways, and we have developed close working relationships through research and teaching with key organisations, including Aberdeen Harbour Board, SEPA, Scottish Natural Heritage etc.
  • Local, national and international field trips are an integral part of all our degree programmes in the Department.
  • We have an engaging and very active Geography Society, where you can build your networks and enhance your employability.
  • We draw from social, environmental and geosciences to address local and global sustainability challenges and the impact of rapid environmental change on contemporary surface processes.
  • In the 2014 REF results, we were
    1st in Scotland - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (Geology and Geosciences)
    1st in Scotland for Impact - Geosciences
    5th in the UK for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (Property and Transport)

Undergraduate EU Scholarship

The Aberdeen Global Undergraduate Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students.

This is an £8,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Undergraduate students who would have previously been eligible for Home (Scottish/EU) fee status.

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