Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development is widely regarded as the most promising framework for addressing environmental and developmental challenges in the twenty-first century, including: the provision of clean water and adequate sanitation, energy generation and supply, human health, food production and distribution, and the continuing threat to biodiversity.

A Sustainable Development degree at St Andrews will enable you to understand developmental challenges from multiple perspectives, and to utilise the knowledge you gain to tackle these challenges and realise the opportunities they create.

Courses

Undergraduate

Sustainable Development BSc (Hons)
Sustainable Development MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

You can take Sustainable Development BSc (Hons) and Sustainable Development MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree.

Postgraduate

Taught

Sustainable Development MSc
Sustainable Development and Energy MSc
Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics MSc
Human Geography/Sustainable Development MRes

 

PhDs

Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

Visit St Andrews

If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at an open day to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.

Undergraduates

Booking for our autumn visiting days will open in early September 2017.

  • Wednesday 27 September 2017
  • Wednesday 4 October 2017
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017
  • Wednesday 25 October 2017
  • Wednesday 1 November 2017

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Postgraduates

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 15 November 2017
  • Wednesday 14 March 2018

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Sustainable Development research areas

The School of Geography and Sustainable Development aims to be world-leading in all aspects of research. The School hosts a number of externally funded research centres and also organises an extensive programme of external events including colloquia, seminars and conferences.

Research is organised around five main themes, with many members of the School often carrying out research in more than one theme.

Sustainable Development research centres and institutes

The School hosts a number of research centres which provide a specialist focus for staff and postgraduate research activities.

 

The School of Geography and Geosciences is a partner in the SOI, an interdisciplinary research institute studying the marine environment.

The CPC carries out a varied programme of collaborative research on fertility and family formation, household change, migration and population modelling.

The University of St Andrews and Moscow State Institute of International Relations have developed a state-of-the-art five-year reserch project on assessing the environmental impact of energy infrastructure development in the Arctic. 

I-POWER aims to build links across traditions, offering new opportunities to cohere research capacity around major areas of socio-environmental concern.

The CHR conducts policy-relevant research on social and supported housing, both independently and in conjunction with public and voluntary housing agencies.

SASI coordinates interdisciplinary research into sustainable development issues within the University.

Careers for graduates in Sustainable Development

At a time when sustainable development is rising higher up the national and international agenda, and as businesses and organisations accept the need to adopt more sustainable practices, graduates with a degree in Sustainable Development are in strong demand.

Sustainable Development students are able to critically interrogate the principles, practice and plurality of sustainable development and to contribute to the evolution of innovative, interdisciplinary thinking and action in this area.

Career pathways for graduates include:

  • central and local government
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • teaching
  • conservation
  • impact assessment
  • management
  • strategic planning
  • consultancy.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

Work experience

Work experience is invaluable when it comes to securing graduate-level employment. There are a number of specific opportunities for Sustainable Development students to gain work experience:

Find out more about sustainability at St Andrews.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available at all levels of study.

Undergraduates

Find out about undergraduate funding opportunities offered by the University of St Andrews.

Undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduates

There are a number of scholarships and awards available for postgraduate students.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

Geography PhD applicants may apply for the Economic and Social Research Council, which covers tuition and some maintenance fees.

Funding for PhD students

Awards and accreditations

REF 2014

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

University league tables

Geography at St Andrews 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.

Contact

School of Geography and Sustainable Development
University of St Andrews
Irvine Building
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2894
Email: gg@st-andrews.ac.uk

Sustainable Development website

Sustainable Development research portal