Bridge the gap between human society and the physical environment, and find solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems, such as environmental change, population dynamics, biodiversity loss and global inequalities.
Geography modules at St Andrews will prepare you to research complex societal and environmental projects for the benefit of all.
The School of Geography and Sustainable Development offers PhD, MSc (Res) and MSt (Res) research programmes.
The School specialises in the following research areas:
- environmental change
- geographies or sustainability, society, inequalities and possibilities
- population and health.
The postgraduate research page provides more information on research opportunities and how to apply.
First in Scotland and fourth in the UK for geography
Guardian University Guide 2023
First in Scotland and fifth in the UK for geography and environmental science
The Complete University Guide 2023
94% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of Geography and Sustainable Development
The School of Geography and Sustainable Development integrates the study of the Earth's system with its landscapes, peoples, places and environments. Teaching and research bring together expertise in the social and natural sciences to examine and develop the principles and practice of sustainable development.
The Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies
The Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies was established to foster interdisciplinary postgraduate education and scholarship. Students benefit from being part of a welcoming School that is wholly focused on understanding and meeting the needs of Masters students.
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