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Undergraduate study

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Geography is the integrated study of the earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It offers revealing insights into some of the most pressing problems currently facing humanity.

It is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with its understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and the earth sciences (physical geography), the dynamics of physical landscapes and environmental processes. This subject combines the two areas of physical and human geography to study and understand interactions between people, and between people and the physical environments in which they live.

In its role as an integrating discipline, geography provides an ideal framework for relating to other fields of knowledge. Those trained as geographers often contribute substantially to the applied management of resources and environments.

Sustainable development

Sustainable development is a unique, interdisciplinary programme. The programme is Scotland's flagship higher education degree programme on sustainability.

The overall goal of the programme is to enable students to critically interrogate the principles and practice of sustainable development. This allows students to contribute to the evolution of innovative, interdisciplinary thinking and action in this area.

Through teaching and learning opportunities, the programme encourages students to:

  • develop critical perspectives on sustainable develoment
  • reflect on societal values and actions
  • take responsibility for the environment

The course provides them with knowledge and skills to effectively act in this regard.

Degrees on offer

The School offers the following undergraduate degrees: