Rise to the challenge and create solutions for the environmental and developmental issues we face today – from providing clean water and adequate sanitation to energy generation and supply.
At St Andrews, you will learn about developmental challenges from many perspectives and use the knowledge you gain to tackle these issues and realise the opportunities they create.
The School of Geography and Sustainable Development offers PhD, MPhil, MSc (Res) and MSt (Res) research programmes.
Research project opportunities are available in the following areas:
- human geography
- physical and environmental geography
- sustainable development.
To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.
First in Scotland and fourth in the 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.
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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