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MSc in Sustainable Development and MSc in Sustainable Energy

• Interdisciplinary teaching provides multiple perspectives
– you will be taught by experts from disciplines across the University and beyond.

• Understand and embrace sustainability from multiple perspectives and take a holistic approach.

• The ability to integrate knowledge is atthe core ofthe degree.

• Develop your ability to understand the complex nature of these problems and how to create strategies that will allow you to overcome them, both now and in the future.

• 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.

• Coupled with the leading role the University plays in implementing sustainable development initiatives in its own estate, you will get the benefit of access to current practice as well as leading theory.

• Field trips bring the subject alive – exploring practical applications of sustainable development brings you out of the classroom and into real-world contexts.

• Our degree structure caters for students with differing levels of initial sustainable development specialist knowledge.

There is a dual track entry process for the first six weeks, after which you will be taught as a full cohort.


The University of St Andrews, as a small institution with a strong unified academic community, is exceptionally well placed to offer students the benefits of interdisciplinary studies. In the contemporary complex world students need to be prepared to call upon a strong background incorporating skills and a wider academic knowledge which crosses the boundaries of the traditional subject silos. Students taking one of our interdisciplinary degrees can be exposed to excellent academic researchers at the forefront of their discipline and will benefit from the rich dialogue that results from a diverse postgraduate class setting.

Graduates from these programmes can expect to have developed effective communication skills, intercultural understanding and the ability to critically analyse information to solve complex interdisciplinary problems. These strengths are valued by future employers and are equally valuable to those wishing to pursue a research career with an interdisciplinary aspect.

* Unique opportunities to study interdisciplinary subjects in an environment where academics regularly exchange ideas and develop interdisciplinary debate through a vibrant and active seminar, workshop and conference programme.

* An excellent Special Collections library resource.

* Our teaching arises from a foundation of world-class research.

* In our historic town, the academic disciplines are nestled side-by-side stimulating a thriving environment of intellectual discussion between postgraduates, undergraduates and academic staff.

Visit the MSc in Sustainable Development and Energy page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!





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