Field classes

Field classes are integral to the experience of studying Geographical & Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow. We are passionate about providing our students with enriching and diverse experiences to complement their studies. Field classes are a superb way to put classroom learning into practice, and our students do so in a host of exciting destinations locally and globally, from short day trips to extensive expeditions. The atmosphere of our field classes is friendly, supportive, and intellectually stimulating. While there’s lots of outdoor learning involved, it’s also a unique opportunity to socialise with your classmates and staff.

Our location - a culturally and historically significant city, close to some of the most the spectacular landscapes in the world - gives us an unparalleled advantage. Outside of the Highlands and Islands, students also travel to Tenerife, Mallorca, Aliaga and Andalusia to carry out fieldwork.

Where do we go?

Geography

  • In year 2, students visit Aberfoyle, situated on the doorstep of the Scottish Highlands, among some truly spectacular scenery. The field is class a great chance to put some of your learning in geography into practice here in Scotland. You will work in small groups, doing human, physical, and environmental projects. You get the opportunity to develop research skills and experience invaluable for your dissertation in the third year and wider career aspirations
  • In year 3, students undertake a week-long residential field course in Mallorca. The course is a great opportunity to visit another country and exercise collective geographical imaginations in an array of exciting projects. The experience of travelling with staff and fellow students is often one of the most memorable of your degree studies

Earth Sciences

  • In the first year, students explore the local geological environment through a day field class to Holyrood
  • In semester 1 of year 2, there is a day field class in St Monan's, Fife, and in semester 2 a one-week residential field course on Arran. Based in Brodick, this course trains students in field skills such mapping and logging
  • In the third year there are further numerous day classes, and a residential course on the isle of Mull
  • In the fourth year, day field classes are dependent on which options are taken, and there is a week-long residential course in Tenerife

Geology

  • In the first year, students explore the local geological environment through a day field class to Holyrood
  • In semester 1 of year 2, there is a day field class in St Monan's, Fife, and in semester 2 a one-week residential field course on Arran. Based in Brodick, this course trains students in field skills such mapping and logging
  • In the third year, there are two local day classes, and residential courses in Oban, Mull, Aliaga in eastern Spain and Tenerife

A week in the life...

Join our students on a field class to the River South Esk as they investigate the decline in numbers of Scottish freshwater pearl mussels, and seek solutions to the various challenges that threaten this endangered species.