University of St Andrews

The School's mission is to promote world class teaching and research across a broad spectrum of Geography and Geosciences. We are an interdisciplinary community of around 50 academic staff, 34 research staff, 34 support staff, 62 postgraduates and over 400 undergraduates.

2014 REF results

We are delighted to announce that the School was ranked 5th in the UK of 74 Units assessed by the 2014 Unit of Assessment Panel for Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology. Being ranked 5th on the Grade Point Average represents an improvement from 15th in the 2008 RAE. The School was ranked 1st in the UK for the excellence of its Impact statements and 3rd in the UK in terms of its Research Environment. Our overall quality profile for the School rates 83% of work as being of 4* and 3* quality. The equivalent measure for 2008 was 60%.

Our teaching is research-led and was judged 'excellent' by an external quality audit. Both the Guardian and the Times University Guides for 2016 rank us among the top places in the UK to study Geography and Geosciences.

The School is structured into two departments: Earth & Environmental Sciences and Geography & Sustainable Development, both offering several degree options. We also support a lively and expanding community of both research and taught postgraduates within our major research groupings.

Please see the relevant department websites for further information.

Professor William Austin and Dr Tony Prave

Co-heads of School

Department of Geography and Sustainable Development

Department of Geography & Sustainable Development

The Department of Geography & Sustainable Development is a leading centre for geographical scholarship. It integrates the study of the earth system with its landscapes, peoples, places and environments.  For more information about our Research, Teaching, Events and Staff please see the Geography & Sustainable Development department website. 



Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences was established in 2012, following the appointment of Peter Cawood as Professor of Geology in 2010. It is part of a rich and ongoing tradition of research aimed at understanding our planet.   For more information about our Research, Teaching and Staff please see the Earth & Environmental Sciences department website. 

Contacting the School of Geography & Geosciences

School of Geography & Geosciences
Irvine Building, University of St Andrews
North Street, St Andrews, KY16 9AL
Fife, Scotland, UK


Tel: 01334 462894

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