University of St Andrews

Postgraduate Opportunities

PhD Research Projects

Our Department 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 Department.

The MPhil degree

For some students, the shorter 1–2 year MPhil research programme may be a more suitable option than the 3-year PhD programme, either as a stepping stone towards a PhD or as a fulfilling career development opportunity. The MPhil programme can be taken part-time. Many of the project topics advertised for PhD research above could be adapted to fit the requirements of the MPhil programme. If you are interested in this programme, please contact Helen Olaez.


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.

Application procedure

The first step is usually to get in touch with a potential supervisor (see our staff pages). It can be helpful to email your CV and a brief outline of your preferred research area or project. Alternatively, you can email the PhD Postgraduate Secretary (Helen Olaez) with your CV and outline and she will try to match you with a potential supervisor.

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 Geography & Geosciences Postgraduate Prospectus, or contact the PhD Postgraduate Secretary Helen Olaez.