Taught course

Sustainable Development (MSc)

Institution
University of St Andrews · Department of Geography and Sustainable Development
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. No previous training in sustainable development is required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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

Sustainable development is now widely regarded as the most promising framework within which the challenges of clean water and adequate sanitation, energy generation and supply, human health, food production and distribution, and the threats to biodiversity can be addressed. The MSc programme will enable you to develop the knowledge you need to understand and address sustainability issues from multiple perspectives.

Highlights

  • Interdisciplinary teaching provides multiple perspectives. Students are taught by experts from disciplines across the University and beyond.
  • Field trips, such as to a Scottish highland estate, bring the subject alive by exploring practical applications of sustainable development. (Field trips are run at no additional cost.)
  • 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.

Teaching format

During the taught portion of the programme, students take seven modules which are taught via lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, student-led workshops, as well as field trips and away days. 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 months, students will research a project area and produce an academic literature review, a professional policy brief and a reflective essay.

Modules

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 the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017-2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,500
International students
EU: £8,500  Overseas: £20,980

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGDip

full time
9 months
part time
21 months

PGCert

flexible
5 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
gg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2894