Bridge the gap between human society and the physical environment, and find solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems, such as environmental change, population dynamics, biodiversity loss and global inequalities.

Geography modules at St Andrews will prepare you to research complex societal and environmental projects for the benefit of all.

Highlands field trip


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Geography and Sustainable Development offers PhD, MSc (Res) and MSt (Res) research programmes. 
The School specialises in the following research areas: 

The postgraduate research page provides more information on research opportunities and how to apply.

“I like the independence of study which is encouraged here. Over time I have grown in confidence as a result of guidance from my lecturers and tutors, although they also take a step back when necessary. At the University you meet a wonderfully diverse group of people in all walks of life, from halls to clubs to the weird and wonderful traditions.”

- Perth, Scotland


First in Scotland and fourth in the UK for geography

Guardian University Guide 2023

First in Scotland and fifth in the UK for geography and environmental science

The Complete University Guide 2023

94% of research activity rated 3* or 4*

Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)