Geology and Physical Geography is for students interested in the physical processes that shape the Earth linking physical geography with a deeper understanding of how the Earth works. It develops an integrated understanding of the Earth as a connected system - the topography of which is developed through the interaction of surface and deep Earth processes. Life, plate tectonics, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers and people ultimately define the modern and ancient landscape. This quantitative programme is designed to give students the skills and knowledge to interpret the landscape as a result of the interactions between tectonics and erosion, and to understand and predict its evolution over a range of temporal and spatial scales, using a combination of remote sensing (including Geographical Information Systems), laboratory experiments and fieldwork in various settings, which have in recent years included Scotland, Spain and Cyprus. Earth Sciences was rated 'excellent' in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment, and ranked 22nd in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016. The School of GeoSciences was identified in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 as having the greatest concentration of 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' researchers in the UK.