University of St Andrews

Department of Geography & Sustainable Development

We are a leading centre for scholarship in geography and sustainable development, and aim to integrate the study of the earth system with its landscapes, peoples, places and environments. We teach and research across the breadth of the geography discipline, also bringing together expertise in the social and natural sciences to examine and develop the principles and practice of sustainable development. The department is ranked third in the UK by the Guardian University Guide for 2015. 

Our teaching is research-led, has been judged ‘excellent’ by external quality audit and in 2014 the NSS once again rated Geography the best department in the UK.  We offer degree options in Geography and Sustainable Development. Our world-leading academics bring their research interests, passions and expertise to the fore in their teaching to create a challenging and exciting learning environment for highly qualified students.

We also have a lively and expanding community of both research (PhD) and taught postgraduates (MSc/MRes), and retain close links with the alumni of our teaching programmes.

Through our over-arching Institute for Population, Wellbeing & Environment Research (I-POWER), we exchange research information and ideas involving all academic and research staff and students in the department, also making links across the University and beyond to take forward new research and postgraduate teaching opportunities.  

Professor Colin Hunter
Head of Department

Contacting the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development

Department of Geography & Sustainable Development
Irvine Building, University of St Andrews
North Street, St Andrews, KY16 9AL
Fife, Scotland, UK


Tel: 01334 462894
Fax: 01334 463949

Athena Swan


Geo GlobesView our Introduction to Geography to learn more about our teaching programme

Calendar of forthcoming events, seminars and departmental meetings

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