Taught course

Sustainable Development

University of St Andrews · Department of Geography and Sustainable Development

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Sustainable Development programme addresses many of the most pressing developmental (environmental and social) challenges of the 21st century, equipping our students to evaluate diverse and contested ideas about what these challenges are and how best to solve them, as well as teaching the skills needed to develop these ideas in policy directions. We cover a breadth of environmental, social and economic issues, such as climate change, development, health, energy, policy change and conservation.

Our MSc in Sustainable Development is led-by interdisciplinary critical social science. This means that we start from the scientific consensus about human impacts on climate and environment but also with recognition that it is social and political contexts that are preventing vital change. Social science perspectives address this current gap, for example by being attentive to questions of power, knowledge and politics. Within this, our course pays particular attention to questions of justice and equity. We commit to research-led teaching, academic rigour and teaching you the skills needed to implement research-led policy.

Fees and funding

The University of St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances. Find out more about the scholarships and postgraduate loans available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2894