Sustainable Development MA (Hons) 2022 entry
Sustainable development is widely regarded as the most promising framework for addressing environmental and developmental challenges in the 21st century. These challenges include the provision of clean water and adequate sanitation, energy generation and supply, human health, food production and distribution, and the continuing threat to biodiversity.
The MA (Hons) in Sustainable Development encourages students to rise to the challenges of the environment and society and focuses on the study of principles and practices of sustainability in an interdisciplinary environment.
Sustainable Development is available as both a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Master of Arts (MA) degree. The content of the subjects is the same irrespective of Faculty. Students who have a background in the arts or who wish to study Sustainable Development alongside Art subjects at St Andrews should apply for the MA. For those interested in studying Sustainable Development alongside Science subjects, the BSc in Sustainable Development may be of interest instead. The entry requirements are the same for all single Honours Sustainable Development degrees, and the chance of receiving an offer is the same for each of these degrees.
More information for 2022 entry will be available in September 2021. For information on the current year of entry for this course, see the 2021 page.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
The School of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews was ranked fifth in the UK in the recent Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Sustainable Development as part of a joint Honours degree alongside the following subjects:
“As Sustainable Development is considered both an arts and a science subject, I have been able to choose from a wide variety of modules. I have taken ones in biology and anthropology, which have helped me see sustainability ideas and issues in a new light. St Andrews’ location and environment provides a unique microcosm for practical sustainability projects to take place.”
Benjamin (Taipei City, Taiwan)