Taught course

Sustainable Development and Energy (MSc)

University of St Andrews · Department of Geography and Sustainable Development

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. No previous training in sustainable energy is required, but students with an undergraduate degree in either business, economics, geography or management are encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Sustainable Development and Energy is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Geography and Sustainable Development.

The course is part of a double Masters degree in which students spend one year at St Andrews and the second year studying abroad at the MGIMO in Moscow. The MSc at St Andrews is awarded independently of the second year at Moscow.


  • Students benefit from studying abroad at MGIMO in Moscow, taking a wide range of energy modules, and being a part of the Arctic Research Centre.
  • Interdisciplinary teaching provides multiple perspectives. Students are taught by experts from disciplines across the University and beyond.
  • Practical experience supplements leading theory. Many lecturers and visiting speakers have practical experience of advising government, business and communities on aspects of sustainable development, and are all leaders in their academic fields.
  • Students are placed in internships at an energy company in Moscow during their second year.
  • Field trips exploring practical applications of sustainable development. (Field trips are run at no additional cost.)

Teaching format

During the first year at St Andrews, students complete seven taught modules. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, student-led workshops, as well as field trips and away days. Over the course of the year, but with particular focus during the summer months, students research a project area and produce an academic literature review, a professional policy brief and a reflective essay.

During the second year at MGIMO, students complete six modules. Teaching is conducted by leading CEOs in energy companies. Students are placed in an internship with an energy company during their second year at Moscow which typically lasts from 4 to 12 weeks depending upon student availability and the company's role. Internships are usually unpaid, but this can vary depending upon experience. All travel costs for internships are normally covered.


The modules at St Andrews 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
UK and EU (for St Andrews only): £9,450
International students
Overseas (for St Andrews only): £20,780

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    The second year of this programme is spent in Russia at Moscow State Institution of International Relations

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2894