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Geography and Urban Studies

Our degrees equip students with the specialist knowledge and skills needed to help create communities and deliver better places and spaces to live in. Our industry links and cross-disciplinary learning ensure our teaching is relevant in the real world.

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Why study Geography and Urban Studies at Heriot-Watt?

As our degrees cover a variety of human and physical geography topics, our students become flexible and creative, able to apply their skills and knowledge to a range of careers.

External speakers give guest lectures and presentations. Students also hear from and interact with industry experts during various field trips.

In year 3, all students take part in a professional mentoring scheme that matches them with local practitioners. Students can discuss careers, job prospects, internships and professional membership.

Explore the Natural World with Geography

At Heriot-Watt, we solve real-world problems within Geography and Biology. Our hands-on approach to teaching makes us the perfect choice for those who choose to connect globally and engage with the knowledge and skills required to generate a sustainable, disease-free, energy efficient future.

Undergraduate Geography and Urban Studies programmes


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Why Heriot-Watt?

Ranking (Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design, Complete University Guide 2023)

We are ranked 2nd in Scotland and 15th in the UK for Town and Country Planning and Landscape Design in the Complete University Guide 2023.

Heriot-Watt Student Union

There's more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here.

Your career

Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Geography Society

Interested in our planet, the environment and how we interact with it? The Geography society gives students a platform to discuss issues/topics surrounding Geography with like-minded individuals.

Edinburgh Campus facilities

At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

We are accredited by the following organisations

At Heriot-Watt University we develop degrees that are relevant for the world of work. We work with Professional bodies and Institutes to gain appropriate Accreditations and Professional Memberships for your industry. Find out below how this degree aligns to industry.

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