Category: Earth Sciences

Reading Time: 5 minutes In an early October seminar delivered by Anu Manchanda, many of us were as taken aback as we were intrigued at that week’s peculiar choice of topic. As an experienced instructor at the London branch of the oldest gemological institutions in the world1, Anu’s role at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is in teaching […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Presented by Dr Kate Crowley, this mid-October seminar at the weekly Hutton Club explored the relationship between people and hazards, in conjunction with government policies on hazard response. Although the trend of global deaths from Earth-related disasters has exhibited a general decline, many of those who do not survive such disasters are often the result […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Coming to the end of Semester 1, deadlines are nearly over and exams are shortly approaching. Before we know it, we’ll be off driving, catching the next train or flying home for Christmas. But while we’re still here, I’d like to showcase the main reason I chose to study geology. Throughout 1st, 2nd and 3rd […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes If you are reading this you probably already know that geosciences are pretty great, but I’m here to tell you exactly why geology is the best undergraduate degree.  Many of my friends still don’t understand exactly what we study, many call us a ‘glorified Duke of Edinburgh’ or a ‘colouring in’ degree. However, whilst we still love climbing mountains or a […]

Reading Time: 6 minutes Most University of Edinburgh 4-year undergraduate degrees have the same structure. The degrees start with 2 pre-honours years with compulsory courses as well as options (you can basically choose to study anything as an option during your first two years! So, if you decide that you actually want to study geosciences instead of French, you […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you love your degree and want to learn while being in the city, then there are lots of activities for you! Summer may have started but it doesn’t mean that the geology stops! Here is a list of some of the fun Geoscience activities that you can do while being in or near the […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes I remember in first year standing in the rain on a field trip at Arthurs Seat fantasying about my fourth year trip in the warm sunshine in Cyprus. Four years later and the time had come for me to be going to Cyprus for my final field trip. All of my course of Geology and […]

Reading Time: 5 minutes Hello! Here’s a blog post about the compulsory field trips for Environmental Geoscience (EG) undergraduate students ? In first year, after two weeks of classes, all earth science undergrads (geology, geology and physical geography, environmental geoscience, etc.) go on a one-day field trip to Pease Bay and Siccar Point (about 1 hour away from Edinburgh). […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Now that I am nearing the end of my degree at university, I have been reflecting a lot on my time here. This has led to me thinking about everything that I have been able to achieve and learn by studying Geology and Physical Geography (GPG) at Edinburgh University and why it is such a […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes Picking a degree is hard. You’ve spent years and years studying a wide range of subjects, and suddenly they ask you to pick ONE. One academic field you’re gonna specialise in, that’ll shape your career choices, one single subject that’s gonna take up half of your life, for four years, nonetheless, so no pressure! Personally, […]


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