School of Geographical and Earth Sciences

School of Geographical and Earth Sciences

Undertake your PhD at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences



As Head of the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES), I would like to welcome you to the University of Glasgow. Whether you intend to apply for one of our undergraduate degrees, our Masters courses, a PhD scholarship, or are interested in research of our School, you will find that GES offers many unique and exciting opportunities.

We have two very successful undergraduate programmes, Geography and Earth Science. Both are ranked in the top 10 of the UK according to the Complete University Guide, and the Guardian University Guide. We have also received outstanding scores in the National Student Survey, which is completed by our final year students. Our staff have won many university awards for teaching; for example the Geography teaching team received the 2015 College of Science and Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2015 three members of staff in the School were nominated for Teaching Excellence Awards by the Students' Representative Council. These and other measures demonstrate just how committed our staff are to teaching, and to ensuring that our students maximise the opportunity to learn, grow and develop while at university.

Our Geography degree  combines Human and Physical geography, and includes fieldwork and a final year dissertation. In the Earth Science programme, students build field skills throughout the degree in preparation for their independent mapping project that is complemented by a research project that they write up in the form of a short, sharp scientific journal article. Some of these reports have been published in journals such as Geology. Both degrees equip our students with a broad skills base that supports our excellent employability record, and also offer the opportunities to study abroad .

We offer three one-year taught Masters programmes in Geomatics ; these are Geospatial and Mapping Sciences, Geoinformation Technology and Cartography, and Geomatics and Management. We also have a MRes in Human Geography.

The school’s research is organised into two broad themes that are coordinated by the Human Geography Research Group and the Earth Systems Research Group. Our research portfolio is as broad as it is vibrant. Many of our staff are international leaders in their research areas, and much of our research has powerful impact on policy, culture and the economy. The submissions of both research groups to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework were highly rated. The Human Geography Research Group was ranked 1st in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research, and 1st in UK for published work. The Earth Systems Research Group made a joint submission with the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, which was rated as 1st in Scotland for both its world-leading publications and research environment.

We are delighted that our school has recently received an Athena Swan Bronze award. The Athena Swan charter aims to support women in scientific studies and careers, and to improve the working environment for all.

Much of the ongoing activity of the students and staff in the school can be found on our Twitter account. Why not follow us and keep up to date with what is happening in GES. There is much more information on this website, so please take a look. Questions that you may have concerning our teaching or research can be answered by one of the relevant contacts.

Professor Martin R. Lee

Head, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences