The University of Edinburgh
Geophysics and Meteorology with Professional Placement MEarthPhys
The University of Edinburgh

Key Course Facts

Course Description

If you have a curiosity about how the Earth works, a love of the outdoors and a desire to tackle complex world issues such as climate change, then this may be the degree for you.

Geophysics is the study of physical processes through the use of physics and mathematics, applying them to the Earth. Meteorology uses similar methods and techniques to study:

  • atmospheric dynamics

  • climate change

  • meteorological phenomena

There is a strong connection between geophysics and meteorology. Many of the Earth's processes can affect our atmosphere, climate and weather - including:

  • gravity

  • heat transfer

  • ocean currents

  • volcanic eruptions

As well as being fascinating, the study of geophysics and meteorology are increasingly important to us all. The mounting impacts of global climate change and extreme weather events pose ever more significant challenges for society and the environment.

Join us as we explore these critical issues by studying the physical processes of our magnificent planet - from its hot core through to its crust and oceans, atmosphere and beyond.

Why Geophysics and meteorology?

Geophysics and meteorology have significant impacts on the welfare of society and our world.

In fact, exploration geophysics has helped us find the energy sources that have driven many of the social and economic advances over the last century.

Now, these techniques are increasingly being used to safeguard our natural environment.

For example:

  • gravity surveys can tell us about mass losses from the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica

  • these surveys can also identify changes in the water table in regions reliant on groundwater

  • large scale global seismology has helped us to identify areas at risk from earthquakes and tsunami, saving lives

The use of Earth's natural resources is also evolving. You will:

  • learn how the applications for natural resource exploration are shifting into new and innovative technologies

  • understand these technologies, helping ensure the Earth's resources are used and disposed of more sustainably

  • benefit from the research and expertise of our academics, many of whom are at the forefront of this change

What will I learn?

You will acquire a thorough grounding in geophysics, allied with an appreciation of atmospheric processes and the techniques which can be used to study them. You will learn to understand our world, so you can help safeguard its future.

We will train you in the fundamental physical principles and mathematical techniques of geophysics. You will learn to apply these techniques to diverse fields, for example:

  • monitoring the Earth's changing environment and climate

  • mapping environmental pollution above and below ground

  • measuring rock and soil properties prior to civil engineering work

  • examining the exploration and production of energy and water resources

  • mineral exploration

  • understanding the behaviour of the Earth's deep interior

  • understanding how the Earth and other planets have formed and changed over their lifetime

  • studying the Earth's atmosphere including its structure, thermodynamic processes, rain formation, radiation and air pollution

  • interpreting weather systems and climate processes

Why study in Edinburgh?

By studying geophysics and meteorology at the University of Edinburgh, you will:

  • join one of the top-ranked universities in the world

  • become part of an academic community in one of the leading geosciences departments in the UK

  • enjoy access to a world of experience with our research and industry networks

  • learn from leading geophysicists, climate scientists and Earth scientists at the forefront of their fields, undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas

By studying this degree, you can play a vital role in our transition into a more sustainable society.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 31 graduates of Geophysics and Meteorology with Professional Placement MEarthPhys at The University of Edinburgh for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Meteorology.

Overall student satisfaction
74 /100
31 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Geophysics and Meteorology with Professional Placement MEarthPhys at The University of Edinburgh

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Geophysics and Meteorology with Professional Placement MEarthPhys at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £25000 £29000
25-75 percentile range £21000 - £27500 £19500 - £33000 £23500 - £39500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Meteorology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22593 £22910 £26699
25-75 percentile range £19101 - £26635 £17239 - £29571 £20463 - £33631

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Geophysics and Meteorology with Professional Placement, MEarthPhys you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Geophysics and Meteorology with Professional Placement MEarthPhys at The University of Edinburgh

25% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Elementary occupations
5% Sales occupations
5% Natural and social science professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Finance Professionals
5% Conservation and environment professionals
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Media Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Required subjects: A Levels: Mathematics at A and Physics at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4.

AABB-ABBB by end of S5 or AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: Mathematics at A and Physics at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: English at C.

34 points with 655 at HL - 32 points with 655 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at 6 and Physics at 5. SL: English at 5.

Direct entry to second year is available. Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT) 92 92 or above with 20 in each section (including Special Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English Advanced 176 overall with 162 in each component.
Cambridge English Proficiency 176 overall with 162 in each component.
Trinity ISE ISE II with a distinction in all four components.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Geophysics and Meteorology with Professional Placement, MEarthPhys.

Costs

Tuition Fees Geophysics and Meteorology with Professional Placement MEarthPhys

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £1820 year 1
EU £30400 year 1
International £30400 year 1

Additional fee information

Scotland In 2021-22 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2022-23 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2022. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland SAAS for payment of their tuition fees.

England/Wales/N Ireland The Rest of UK RUK rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2021 entry. For 2022 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits.

EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union EU students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees.

Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme -

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of The University of Edinburgh in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The University of Edinburgh in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #5 
    • #21 
    Earth & Marine Sciences
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]
    • #1 
    • #66 
    Environmental Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #3 
    • #12 
    Geography & Environmental Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #29 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #1 
    • #34 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #35 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #15 
    • #423 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #1 
    • #17 
    Geography
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #29 
    Geography
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #3 
    • #18 
    Geography & Environmental Studies
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]
    • #1 
    • #38 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

See all university rankings of The University of Edinburgh

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About The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is located in the Scottish city of the same name, and is one of the oldest universities in the entire United Kingdom, having opened in the year 1583. The university enjoys a strong reputation for its contributions to international research efforts, which is reflected in their inclusion in the Russell Group, Universitas 21, and Una Europa. Edinburgh offers its residents a historic yet modern city, with a lively nightlife scene, reliable public transport, and friendly locals.

Where is this programme taught

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