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About the School

The School is a leading centre for scholarship in the field of geography and sustainable development. The School's aim is to integrate the study of the Earth's system with its landscapes, peoples, places and environments. Teaching and research covers the breadth of the geography discipline, bringing together expertise in the social and natural sciences to examine and develop the principles and practice of sustainable development.

Irvine Building


Research in Geography at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The School hosts a number of research groups, including the over-arching Institute for Population, Wellbeing and Environment Research (I-POWER) which provides a platform to exchange research information and ideas. It involves all academic and research staff and students in the School and also links across the University and beyond to take forward new research and postgraduate teaching opportunities.


The School is ranked 2nd in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2021 and 4th by The Times Good University Guide 2021. Academics in the School 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.


Research is supported by an impressive array of equipment and laboratories, including:

  • physical sciences laboratory
  • microscope suite
  • cartographic and design services
  • IT laboratory with GIS and graphic applications
  • high specification PCs, scanners, digitisers, plotters and printers


The School Office is located in the Irvine Building which lies between St Salvator's Quadrangle and St Salvator’s Hall of residence. The School itself occupies part of the Irvine Building and the top floor of the neighbouring United College Building on the north side facing The Scores.

More information can be found on the contact page.