Taught course

Sustainable Development and Energy (SDE) (Double Masters)

University of St Andrews · St Andrews Sustainability Institute - SASI

Entry requirements

Students are expected to normally exoected to have a UK 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc is part of a double Masters which takes place at both the University of St Andrews and the Moscow State Institution of International Relations (MGIMO). The first year at St Andrews has a specific focus on energy issues, and the second year at Moscow challenges students to complete a study abroad programme on a wide range of energy modules.

Course highlights

  • 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. The lecturers and visiting speakers all have practical experience of advising government, business and communities on aspects of sustainable development as well as being leaders in their academic fields.
  • Students are placed in internships at an energy company in Moscow during their second year.

Teaching format

The MSc in Sustainable Development and Energy is full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Geography and Geosciences. 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 theMGIMO in Moscow. The MSc at St Andrews is awarded independently of the second year at Moscow.

During the first year at St Andrews, students complete six 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 and write a 15,000-word dissertation that is the culmination of their first degree.

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.

Information for international students

A minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 463904