This MSc is part of a double Masters which takes place at both the University of St Andrews and the Moscow State Institution of International Relations (MGIMO) for which students receive a qualification from both institutions. The first year at St Andrews has a specific focus on energy issues, and the second year at Moscow challenges students to complete a study abroad programme on a wide range of energy modules.
Postgraduate; leading to a double Master of Science (MSc)
Two years full time
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. No previous training in sustainable energy is required, but students with an undergraduate degree in either business, economics, geography or management are encouraged to apply.
If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £7,500
Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts in September. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
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The MSc in Sustainable Development and Energy is full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. The course is part of a double Masters degree in which students spend one year at St Andrews and the second year studying abroad at the MGIMO in Moscow. The MSc at St Andrews is awarded independently of the second year at Moscow.
During the first year at St Andrews, students complete four to five taught modules. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, student-led workshops, as well as field trips and away days. Over the course of the year, but with particular focus during the summer months, students research and write an extended review dissertation that is the culmination of their first degree.
During the second year at MGIMO, students complete six modules. Teaching is conducted by leading CEOs in energy companies. Students are placed in an internship with an energy company during their second year at Moscow which typically lasts from 4 to 12 weeks depending upon student availability and the company's role. Internships are usually unpaid, but this can vary depending upon experience. All travel costs for internships are normally covered.
The modules at St Andrews have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2016-2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.
Students choose up to four optional modules (depending on credit load). With permissions from the relevant Head of School, up to 60 credits may be taken at MSc-level from Schools across the University with a focus on management, economics or business.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered (see the University’s position on curriculum development), but currently recommended modules include:
Compulsory modules (please note that these modules are indicative of the themes to be covered, but individual modules are subject to change)
The modules listed were offered in the academic year 2016–2017 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
The dissertation gives students the chance to fully engage with the area of sustainable energy about which you are most passionate, by researching and writing an extended review dissertation which is the culmination of your degree. Advised by a member of academic staff, you will work during the academic year and across the summer months on your individual dissertation.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.
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Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in further research degrees, either a PhD or the shorter two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) research degree at St Andrews or elsewhere.
PhD funding opportunities are available from the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.
Sustainability impacts upon almost all aspects of life, and graduates from the Sustainable Development and Energy MSc pursue many different professional careers including:
In addition to these pathways, students often go on to work with energy specific entities such as:
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
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