Taught course

Human Geography/Sustainable Development (MRes)

University of St Andrews · Department of Geography and Sustainable Development

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area and the offer of a PhD place within School of Geography and Sustainable Development.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes in Human Geography/Sustainable Development is a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Geography and Sustainable Development.

The programme is aimed at those looking to progress to PhD research in Sustainable Development or Human Geography. The fixed programme offers a broad grounding in research design, theoretical approaches, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students also receive bespoke training in professional skills and research design specifically tailored to their own research interests.

  • This MRes course is approved by the ESRC and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.
  • Students are taught generic research skills by experts from social science disciplines across the University.
  • You will receive one-to-one training with prospective PhD supervisors.

Teaching format

During the taught portion of the programme, students take six compulsory modules, four of which are taught via lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, and practical exercises, and two via one-to-one tutorials. Modules are assessed through written examinations and coursework including class tests, presentations and essays.
Over the course of the programme, but with particular focus during the summer month, students will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £9,450  Overseas: £19,400

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2894