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University of Edinburgh

Geography and Politics

UCAS Code: LL72
MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

37%

Subjects
  • Politics
  • Human & social geography
Student score
73% LOW
77% LOW
% employed or in further study
93% MED
92% LOW
Average graduate salary
£21k MED
£19.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAA

Scottish Highers
AABB-AAAA

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

37%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Geography is the study of the way the world works. As such, it is a uniquely diverse and integrative discipline that spans the natural and social sciences. Interdisciplinary approach As a natural science, Geography focuses on the environment, mainly through landscapes and their evolution through space and time. As a social science, Geography explores the role of space and place in the creation and functioning of society. In both cases, however, the relationship between the human and physical environments is recognised to be important. Geographers are ideally placed to address issues of contemporary environmental, economic and social concern such as: environmental degradation; climatic change; natural hazards; cultural identity; social exclusion; economic development. A Geography degree at Edinburgh enables students to develop a range of academic and life skills, including writing, presentation, teamwork and communication skills. It also encourages you to develop analytical skills, reflecting your introduction to everything from statistical analysis to discourse analysis to soil analysis.

Modules

University of Edinburgh

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Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities. We are globally recognised for our research and innovation and we've provided our students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years. Edinburgh itself has something for everyone - pubs, clubs, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. And, of course, the world famous Edinburgh Festival.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
24%
76%

Year 1

21%
79%

Year 2

18%
82%

Year 3

14%
86%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
65%
34%
1%

Year 1

48%
52%

Year 2

38%
60%
2%

Year 3

100%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 78%
Student score 73% LOW
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

88%

Feedback on work has been helpful

43%

Feedback on work has been prompt

53%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

63%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
47% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
59% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
474 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
85% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary £21k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

6%

Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 81%
Student score 77% LOW
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

95%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

57%

Feedback on work has been prompt

64%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

61%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
61% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
443 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £19.5k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

5%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There are two options for geography studies: this one is the human and social geography side (there is also an option for physical geography, a more science-based degree). There is a shortage of social science graduates with really good maths skills, and graduates from these disciplines who have them are in demand from modern industry. An ability to combine good data handling skills with good communication and social skills will really help start your career, and that's something a geography degree with a good stats component can really bring to the jobs market. It's also why unemployment rates for the degree are much lower than average, and a lot of geography graduates start their careers in sought-after jobs in the business and finance industry – so if you take this subject, be sure to take your maths and stats modules.
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