University of Edinburgh


Geophysics and Meteorology are fascinating subjects in their own right but are also of great economic and environmental importance. Geophysics uses physics and mathematics to study the Earth’s internal structure and dynamics. Meteorology applies the same methods and techniques to the study of atmospheric dynamics, climate change and meteorological phenomena. You will study core courses in mathematics, physics and meteorology.

Additional costs

All degree programmes involve fieldwork. There is no additional contribution required to the teaching costs involved, but for the residential fieldwork and individual field-based projects, students cover accommodation, subsistence and the costs of travel to the fieldwork location, at a subsidised rate. The actual student contribution depends on the degree programme involved and the courses selected.

Entry requirements

SQA Highers: AAAA – ABBB, or more if two sittings, to include Mathematics at Grade A and Physics.

GCE A Levels: AAA – ABB in one sitting, to include Mathematics at Grade A and Physics.

IB: 37 – 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma to include Mathematics at HL Grade 5, Physics at HL Grade 5 and one subject at HL Grade 5.

All applicants must also meet our general university entry requirements – including SQA, GCSE, or equivalent English language requirements.

Course link: Geophysics & Meteorology

Study options

5 years

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