University of St Andrews

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

Our teaching is research-led, has been judged ‘excellent’ by external quality audit and in 2017 was ranked top in Scotland and fourth in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017 and sixth in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2017 for teaching and research quality, student experience, and graduate prospects. 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 school, also making links across the University and beyond to take forward new research and postgraduate teaching opportunities.  

Professor William Austin
Head of School



Contacting the School of Geography & Sustainable Development

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

Tel: 01334 462894

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