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Human Geography/Sustainable Development (MRes)

Human Geography/Sustainable Development (MRes)

Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Human Geography Sustainability

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is aimed at those who have secured a PhD research place in Human Geography or Sustainable Development at St Andrews and who desire or require a year of research training before progressing to their PhD. Applicants must apply to the School of Geography and Sustainable Development to secure a PhD place in the first instance.

Course information

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

The programme is aimed at those looking to progress to PhD research in Sustainable Development or Human Geography within the School. The fixed programme offers a broad grounding in research design, theoretical approaches, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students also receive bespoke training in professional skills and research design specifically tailored to their own research interests.


This MRes course is approved by the ESRC and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.
Students are taught generic research skills by experts from social science disciplines across the University.
You will receive one-to-one training with prospective PhD supervisors.


Graduates from the Human Geography/Sustainable Development MRes pursue many different professional careers including:

  • sustainability in business management, engineering, planning, transport, waste, energy or environmental management.
  • sustainability research and policy consultancy.
  • international development.
  • sustainability advisers to supra-national bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, and the OECD.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Advanced Social Science Research Training 1: Reviewing, Conceptualising, Framing: deepens your understanding of your field of special interest and develops your ability to review the work of others and conceptualise and frame your own.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area and the offer of a PhD place within School of Geography and Sustainable Development.