Our Geography degrees cover the fundamentals of both physical geography - the elements that shape our natural environment as well as human geography - the way people shape and are shaped by the environments they live in.
Learn key field work skills in surveying, mapping and key research skills whilst learning core modules in statistics and data analysis. A cross disciplinary working that helps student acquire a mutual understanding between professions.
Detailed course guide
8 mandatory modules
Providing introductory theory on subjects relevant to real-world issues across the globe such as human and urban geography, microeconomics, the built environment, living planet and environmental change and statistics, data analysis and GIS.
A residential fieldtrip within the UK to gain knowledge on city development and change while establishing key research skills.
Undertake a week long collaborative design project working with students from across disciplines within the school. Year 2
6 mandatory modules | 2 optional modules
Introducing new laboratory and fieldwork skills in surveying and mapping, mandatory modules include urban political economy, catchment hydrology, urban and real estate economics, and geomorphology, landscapes and society. Students will choose 2 optional modules from subjects covering various languages, maths, biology and design.
8 mandatory modules
Year 3 offers more critical understanding of key subjects including geology and soil properties, transportation engineering, water quality, global challenges, river and estuarine processes and environmental engineering.
Opportunity to go on a European city fieldtrip exploring issues of urban planning, real estate and urban geography. Year 4
Dissertation | 4 mandatory modules | 2 optional modules
Students complete an individual dissertation project, complete 4 core modules and will choose 2 optional modules. Mandatory modules include carbon capture and renewable energy, river basin and flood risk management, pollution and remediation and environmental impact assessment. Optional modules available to choose from are cross-cultural perspectives on society, global heritage, environmental planning and social sustainability.
Undertake a week long collaborative design project working with students from across disciplines within the school.
Field visit around Scotland’s central belt hearing from industry experts.
Standard entry requirements
Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
BTEC DMM (in a relevant subject)
HNC B in graded unit (in relevant HNC)
Minimum entry requirements*
* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:
live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
are care experienced.
We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our
Minimum and standard entry requirements Year 2
Advanced Highers BB plus Highers AABB/BBBBC
Int. Baccalaureate 34 points
HNC A in graded unit (in a relevant subject area)
HND BB in graded units (in a relevant subject area)
BTEC DDM (in a relevant subject) Additional information
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our
English language requirements.
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / EU**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales***
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).
*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses). Additional costs
You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020
In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:
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