• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Tackle challenging questions about human and physical environments, from global issues such as climate change to local matters such as urban regeneration.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Geography at Dundee consistently achieves excellent levels of student satisfaction – in excess of 95% for both human and physical geography. We achieve this through delivering a programme which is personal to each student: we maintain an 'open door' policy to ensure effective staff access, and put face-to-face contact at the heart of the student experience.

As a Dundee geographer you will learn how to apply your knowledge in order to analyse and solve a wide range of environmental, social and regional problems. You will be taught by enthusiastic academic staff who are internationally recognised for their research achievements. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Geography at Dundee was highly rated with over 70% of our research classed as internationally excellent or world-leading.

Study for an MA or BSc

Our programme is highly flexible. Depending on your interests and the combinations of subjects you want to take, you can study geography for an MA or for a BSc. In addition to a wide range of joint Honours degrees there are also specific degree pathways in geography and planning and, for those interested in political issues in a global context, geopolitics.


We include fieldwork in Scotland in a number of modules, including residential fieldwork in the Cairngorm/Inverness area in Level 2 and our advanced physical geography field course in Level 3 in the NW Highlands. We also offer an annual field class to SE Spain for Level 3 human geography students, plus opportunities to join staff research expeditions, e.g. to the Italian Alps or Iceland. You can also spend up to a whole academic year studying on exchange (see study abroad below).

Study abroad

You can also spend between one semester and a whole academic year studying abroad either in Europe (on the Erasmus exchange programme or North America on our Transatlantic Student Exchange scheme, or in Australia or Hong Kong on our Global Programmes scheme. 

Extracurricular activities

The opportunities for students to get to know each other and the staff through field excursions and other project work means that Geography has a well earned reputation for being one of the most friendly subjects to study.

The Geography and Environmental Science Society (GESS) provides a lively and informal focus for student social activities, while the Dundee branch of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society provides an excellent programme of talks about expeditions and journeys to exotic locations which many students attend.

In addition, many of our own students regularly organise their own expeditions to different parts of the world. In recent years several groups of students have successfully raised the money and gained sponsorship to travel to Iceland or to the Italian Alps, where they have carried out field work for their dissertations.

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. AB at Advanced Higher including geography (for MA and BSc degrees) and either biology or chemistry (for BSc degrees only), plus BB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. ABB including geography (for MA and BSc degrees) and either biology or chemistry (for BSc degrees only)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include a science subject for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5, to include geography (for MA and BSc degrees) and either biology or chemistry (for BSc degrees only)
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Pass with BB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications Entry to BSc degrees requires a Science component equivalent to SQA Higher Entry to BSc degrees requires a Science component equivalent to SQA Higher

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

What you will study

Level 1

You need no school qualifications in Geography for entry to Level 1 which is designed to challenge those of you who have studied Geography before as well as those entering the subject for the first time.

Modules studied:

Introduction to Geography Part 1: The Unequal World: GE11001
Semester 1, 20 Credits
This module examines the challenges and issues associated with global inequalities in relation to the intersections between human and physical/environmental processes. It looks at the rapid, recent (in human terms) increases in global population; inequalities of global wealth and links to global trade and development; questions of global inequalities in health; sustainability concepts; recent debates about impacts from human-induced climate change; impacts and intersections between practices such as deforestation and global geographies of the carbon cycle; the complex impacts of hazards in the physical environment on human society.

Introduction to Geography Part 2: Environment, City and Society: GE12002
Semester 2, 20 Credits
This module provides: an introduction to mapping and cartography as a key skill in Geography; consideration of the themes and links between environment and wellbeing; exploration of the growing importance of cities at national and international level, and the social issues in cities in both developed and developing countries. This includes looking at cities across the Global South – including the Caribbean and in Africa. We also look at themes such as risk, globalisation, sustainability and surveillance.

+ 4 other modules from either the MA programme or from the specified modules available in the BSc programme

Level 2

In Level 2 you will be introduced to the key sub-disciplines of human and physical geography.  You will also begin to learn about how to 'do' geography through instruction on practical and field techniques, as well as have the opportunity for residential field work.

Modules studied:

Dynamic Human Worlds: GE21001
Semester 1, 20 credits
This module examines how space and place interact with social, cultural and economic processes. For example, it considers how different social groups define themselves geographically in terms of racial and class segregation, gated communities and 'gang-land' territories; and it looks at how firms decide where to locate and why some parts of the world are more affluent than others.

Dynamic Physical Worlds: GE22002
Semester 2, 20 credits
This module covers key concepts used in geomorphology and hydrology, focusing on rivers, slopes and glaciers and the processes acting to create different landscapes. It also develops further your techniques in geographical analysis.

+ 4 other modules from either the MA programme or from the specified modules available in the BSc programme. One of these may be the optional GE22003 module:

Geography Field Course (UK): GE22003 (optional)
Semester 2, 20 credits
This module which is optional, but highly recommended, is based around a residential field trip to the Cairngorms/Aviemore area of the Scottish Highlands. You will explore in practical settings themes of hydrology, urban development, rural development and geomorphology. You will gain experience in field techniques and a range of analysis and presentation skills.

Level 3

In Levels 3 and 4 there are a range of options in human and physical geography which allow you the flexibility to specialise in particular areas of geography, or to combine your interests across the range of the subject.

All students take core modules covering key skills and concepts in Geography, and all students have the opportunity to undertake a further field course in either Human Geography or Physical Geography. Currently the Human Geography field course involves field work in Spain, while the Physical Geography field course explores the stunning landscapes of the NW Highlands of Scotland. Themes developed in lecture courses are applied to different landscapes through project-based work and group teaching.

Core modules typically involve a combination of:

  • Research Methods in Human or Physical Geography
  • Key theoretical concepts and ideas in Geography
  • Data handing and statistical analysis
  • Advanced Fieldwork trip

plus 2 optional modules (from a choice of):

  • Biogeography
  • Cities: Places, People and Conflicts
  • Environmental Criminology
  • Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Glacial Processes and Environments
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Geographies of Health and Disability
  • Geographies of Power
  • Geographies of Children and Youth
  • Reconstructing Past Environments
  • Social Resilience
  • Tourism and Transnationalism
  • Water Hazards and Risk
  • Wellbeing and Welfare

Level 4

During Level 4 you will also complete a Dissertation, an independent piece of geographical research which provides you with the opportunity to study a topic of your choice in considerable depth.

Courses in research methods in human and physical geography in Level 3 provide you with the necessary skills to be able to carry out the research required for the Dissertation.

Plus 3 optional modules are chosen from:

  • Biodiversity and Sustainability in World Agriculture
  • Catchment Sediment Dynamics
  • Cities: Places, People and Conflicts (Advanced)
  • Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • Environmental Criminology (Advanced)
  • Geographical Information Systems (Advanced)
  • Geographies of Children and Youth (Advanced)
  • Geographies of Health and Disability (Advanced)
  • Geographies of Power (Advanced)
  • Glacial Processes and Environments (Advanced)
  • Hydrology and Water Resources (Advanced)
  • Social Resilience (Advanced)
  • Tourism and Transnationalism (Advanced)
  • Water Hazards and Risk (Advanced)


How you will be taught

Our teaching is a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and practicals, and you will also use the new state-of-the-art physical geography and geodata laboratories and specialist software such as Arc/GIS.

However, geography is a field-based subject so throughout your degree you will also spend time outside the classroom. In Level 1 you undertake a study of Dundee based on local urban fieldwork; in Level 2 you will do local fieldwork and may opt to attend a residential field class in the Scottish Highlands; and in Level 3 there are both local field work projects and the opportunities for residential field work.

There are also many other local excursions which exploit Dundee's location close to some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK as well as its proximity to Scotland's major cities.

How you will be assessed

Most courses are assessed by a mix of examinations and coursework. In Levels 1 and 2, continuous assessment from coursework provides around 50% of your overall mark. In Levels 3 and 4 there are some courses which are based wholly on continuous assessment while others retain a mix of examination and coursework.

A recent study by the Royal Geographical Society showed that, compared with other subjects, geographers are among the most employable because they develop the kinds of skills and knowledge that employers value such as communication, problem solving and analysis.

Many of our students go into careers which are linked to geography in fields like development, the environment, teaching, tourism and planning. Others enter more general fields, like management and administration, marketing,finance, or local councils.

In Geography at Dundee we are committed to developing the employability of all our students and we work closely with the award winning Careers Service of the University, as well as with a range of employers and alumni, to support this. Students can choose from three credit-bearing modules as part of their level 2 degree programme, as well as work towards the Dundee Plus Award

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

Unistats data set (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS) Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)

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