Research course

Geography and Geosciences

University of St Andrews · Department of Geography and Sustainable Development

Entry requirements

Good honours degree (2:1 Honours standard or equivalent, e.g. GPA 3.6 on a 4 point scale) in a range of relevant disciplines, including geography, geology, geoscience, health studies, nursing and other relevant social science and scientific disciplines

Months of entry


Course content

The School's mission is to promote world class teaching and research across a broad spectrum of Geography and Geosciences. We are an interdisciplinary community of around 50 academic staff, 34 research staff, 34 support staff, 62 postgraduates and over 400 undergraduates.

Our teaching is research-led and was judged 'excellent' by an external quality audit. Both the Guardian and the Times University Guides for 2014 rank us among the top places in the UK to study Geography and Geosciences.

The School is structured into two departments: Earth & Environmental Sciences and Geography & Sustainable Development, both offering several degree options. We also support a lively and expanding community of both research and taught postgraduates within our major research groupings.

Department specialisms

Three major research groups: Population Health & Welfare Research Group; Environmental Change Research Group; and Geoscience Research Unit. Specialisms include: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology; Sedimentology; Geochemistry; Tectonics; Environmental Geophysics

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to sit an appropriate test and achieve the required IELTS score or equivalent.For IELTS we usually require grade 7.0 overall.

Fees and funding

UK students
Fees confirmed early 2017
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12-24 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462894