Data Literacy for Social and Environmental Justice (PGCert/PGDip/MSc) - online

University of St Andrews
2 years
Master's degree
Online / Distance
St Andrews
January 2024

About this program

Data Literacy for Social and Environmental Justice (PGCert/PGDip/MSc) - online

The Data Literacy for Social and Environmental Justice programme develops core skills in data literacy (including spatial data science), science communication, and public engagement. The programme is ideal for professionals currently working on questions of social and environmental justice, those looking to shift career trajectory, or recent graduates seeking additional training before (re)entering the workforce.

Admission requirements

For entry onto the MSc: A 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in any subject from the UK or the equivalent international qualification. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements. We will also consider applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree. In these circumstances we expect candidates to have at least five years of relevant professional learning. The Admissions team will holistically assess your application and determine the best route of entry for you. In some cases, this may be onto the PGCert in the first instance where students will have the opportunity to progress and graduate with a full Masters degree. Students are also required to have a desired level of English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Application requirements

  • CV or resumé
  • personal statement
  • two original signed references on headed paper
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates .

If you do not already have a degree, you will be required to provide a 500 word (minimum) statement detailing your professional learning and experience. Please check our the programme website for more information.

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Program content

The Data Literacy for Social and Environmental Justice course is an online self-paced programme, with options to study for a PGCert, PGDip or an MSc. 


  • You will gain a solid conceptual foundation for understanding how quantitative data are used (and abused) in the interest of social and environmental causes.
  • You will learn basic data literacy and analysis, including the option to build skills in advanced quantitative methods and spatial data sciences.
  • You will strengthen your science communication skills and ability to engage with publics and policy makers to increase your impact potential.
  • As well as being taught through traditional methods, including lectures and workshops, you will also be encouraged to interact with your lecturers and other students through live Q&A sessions and asynchronous online forums.

Scholarships & funding

The University of St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances. For more information, kindly check the programme website.

Program delivery

Teaching format

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, digital resources (such as podcasts), live Q&A sessions and asynchronous online forums.


Modules are assessed through coursework exercises.


  • MSc (three years) £18,000 (charged £6,000 per year of study)
  • PG Dip (two years) £12,000 (charged £6,000 per year of study)
  • PG Cert (one year) £6,000

Fees will be charged annually, based on the maximum length of study confirmed for your specific programme. Students completing in a shorter length of time may have fees adjusted at relevant points in their programme so that the full fee has been charged prior to completion.

Career paths

The University of St Andrews’ global reputation makes its graduates highly valued by employers. The programme provides subject knowledge and applied skills relevant to a range of career paths in government and public bodies, non-governmental organisations and charities, and the private sector. 

In addition to broadening your subject knowledge and applying established techniques of research and enquiry, you will develop and demonstrate essential skills including: 

  • critical thinking and creativity 
  • analysis and appraisal 
  • problem solving and decision making 
  • personal leadership and project management 
  • interpersonal communication and team-working.

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University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first University. As a 600 year-old institution, we are known across the globe for our world leading quality and depth of research. For six centuries some of the world’s brightest and most promising...

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Studying in St Andrews is a unique and rewarding experience that will take your skills and knowledge to the next level.

Students at St Andrews have access to some of the world’s best professors and lecturers and a degree from the University of St Andrews is sought after by employers around the world.

In addition to award-winning teaching and research, the University of St Andrews has an array of facilities which result in high levels of student satisfaction and a world class reputation.

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St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews

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