About us

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, a Masters course, a PhD scholarship, or are interested in research, you will find that GES offers many unique opportunities.

We have three undergraduate degree programmes, Geography, Geology and Earth Science. These programmes receive consistently excellent scores in the National Student Survey, and our staff have also won many university awards for teaching. These and other measures demonstrate just how committed we 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 and Geology programmes, students build field skills throughout the degree in preparation for their independent mapping project. These 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 a series of one-year taught Masters programmes in Geomatics, which include Geospatial and Mapping SciencesGeoinformation Technology and Cartography, and Land & Hydrographic Surveying. We also have a Masters programme in Sustainable Water Environments and an 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, and includes a large and dynamic graduate school. 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.  If you are interested in research, why not have a look at the PhD (3 or 4 years full time) or Master of Research (1 year full time) projects that our staff propose or contact us if you want to discuss an idea that fascinates you.

We are delighted that our school has recently received an Athena SWAN Silver award. The Athena SWAN charter aims to support women in scientific studies and careers, and to improve the working environment for all. You can find out more about Athena SWAN at GES on our dedicated website; the 'work stories' section contains some fascinating profiles of our staff and how they have overcome various challenges to develop their careers.

Much of the ongoing activity of the students and staff in the school can be found on our Twitter account, so why not follow us and keep up to date with what is happening in GES. 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