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MA Geography and Social Anthropology

Catalog id : LL76
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG

0 Months
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 Tuition fee

16700 GBP
9000 GBP
1820 GBP

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International 20 GBP
National 20 GBP
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
SAT (avg)1290
ACT (avg)27

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About this course

Geography is the study of the way the world works. It is a uniquely diverse and integrative discipline that spans the natural and social sciences. As a natural science, Geography focuses on the environment, mainly through landscapes and their evolution through space and time. As a social science, Geography is concerned with the relationships between people and their social, cultural, political and economic worlds. In both cases, the relationships between human and physical environments are central.

In integrating human and physical perspectives, and drawing on theoretical and practical approaches from the natural and social sciences, geography and geographers are well-placed to address issues of contemporary economics, social, and environmental concern such as climate change, environmental degradation, cultural identity, social exclusion and economic development.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the leading teaching and research institutions in the UK. Students benefit from being part of a research environment recognised for its excellence in the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise, with 55% of research in ‘Geography and Environment Studies’ identified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This demonstrates that Geography students at Edinburgh are taught by staff who conduct research of the highest international quality, and who place great emphasis on linking their research and teaching activities.

  • This course also provides an option to join in from the 2nd year onwards.

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Eligibility Criteria

Typical offer
The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5 or AABBB/AAAB from S4-S6, preferably including Geography. National 5 in Mathematics at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting, preferably including Geography. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 555 at HL. Diploma must include Mathematics SL, if not held at HL.

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section *Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components


For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

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Course Modules

Year 1
You will study the compulsory courses Human Geography and Physical Geography, which introduce key geographic ideas. They focus on global economic, social and environmental problems and change.

You can also choose courses from other academic areas and although BSc students are encouraged to choose science-based subjects, and MA students to take social science subjects, there is room for flexibility.

Year 2
You will take Fundamental Methods in Geography. You can also choose to study Economic & Political Geography, Environmental Sensitivity & Change, Social & Cultural Geography and Geomorphology, plus one other course. Alternatively you can choose a minimum of two geography courses and three others.

Year 3
You will take courses that explore the nature of geographical knowledge and methodology together with courses that develop skills in research and analysis. Fieldwork in Istanbul, Berlin and Wales is offered. This provides an introduction to a range of research methods.

You will complete two option courses drawn from a wide selection related to staff research. You will also choose a topic for your dissertation and submit your research plan.

Year 4
In addition to writing your dissertation, you will take Geography, Science and Civil Society, choose one course from a choice of research options, including fieldwork opportunities in Iceland, the Western Isles of Scotland or the Scottish Highlands, and take two further honours option courses related to staff research.

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How to Apply

  • All applications to the University for full-time study must be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
  • You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, your personal statement and your reference.
  • To ensure your application is considered you should apply by the relevant deadline, 15 January 2017.

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