University of St Andrews

Postgraduate Opportunities

Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews

PhD Research Projects

Our School supports a vibrant community of research students, studying in the following fields within Geography and Sustainable Development:

Please see the relevant page for a list of current project ideas in your field, or see our Research pages for more information about ongoing research in our school.

Masters by Research

We offer two research masters programmes, the Master of Studies by Research (MSt (Res)) and the Master of Science by Research (MSc (Res)). If studied full-time, these are one-year programmes examined by a 30,000-word thesis; part-time options are available. Many of the PhD projects listed above may be suitable for adaptation for a research masters degree. We encourage you to discuss your research interests with a potential supervisor.

For more information on these programmes, please see our Subjects page.


Please see our Funding Opportunities page for further details.

Entry requirements

Anyone with a 1st class or 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography or a cognate discipline can be considered for entry into our postgraduate programmes.

How to register interest in applying for a research degree

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of undertaking a research degree, please email the Postgraduate Research Secretary (  with the following:

  1. Details of project - we require a specific PhD project proposal, at least 500 words of original, referenced writing.  We also need you to identify a potential supervisor (see our staff pages).   Alternatively, please refer to the list above and let us know which project you are interested in.  
  2. Funding - identify a source of funding.   You may wish to look at the University webpage on funding 
  3. CV

When you are ready to proceed to a formal application, please see the detailed guidance on the University’s main Applications website.

Further Information

Please see the Postgraduate Prospectus, or contact the Postgraduate Research Secretary (