Geography MA Hons

University of St Andrews
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
St Andrews

About this program

Geography MA Hons

The BSc (Hons) in Geography explores a fascinating range of important environmental and international phenomena including glaciers and ice ages; climate and weather; oceans; peatlands; environmental change and management; population change, migration and border politics; development and geopolitical conflict; socio-spatial inequalities (widening gaps in wealth, health and wellbeing). It provides an exciting challenge to those who wish to think critically and creatively about the world around them and understand the interaction of environmental systems and human activity.

Geography is studied up to Honours level in both the Faculty of Science (BSc) and the Faculty of Arts (MA). Students who have a background in the Arts or who wish to study geography alongside Arts subjects at St Andrews should apply for the MA. For those interested in studying geography alongside Science subjects, the BSc in Geography may be of interest instead.

Admission requirements

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  • SQA Highers
  • GCE A-Levels
  • IB points

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year

Students will take two compulsory geography modules in their first year.

  • Welcome to the Anthropocene: Society, Population, Environment
  • A World in Crisis?

Second Year

Students will take two compulsory geography modules in their second year.

  • Geographies of Global Change
  • (Re)constructing Environments, People and Places


If you decide to take geography in your third and fourth years, you can choose to specialise in one aspect of geography or to engage with the full, fascinating breadth of the discipline.

Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:

  • Coastal Processes
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Geography
  • Development: voice, power and identity in global times
  • Environmental Management in Scotland
  • HIV/AIDs in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ice and Climate
  • Political and Cultural Geographies of the Border
  • Scrutinising Segregation: Geographies of Diversity and Inequality
  • Socio-Ecological Systems.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

When not attending lectures, tutorials and practical classes, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:

  • working on individual and group projects
  • undertaking research in the library
  • preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • preparing for examinations.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Career paths

Reflecting the broad nature of geography, graduates leave St Andrews with a diverse and unique skill set, putting them in a very strong position in the jobs market.

Employers seek out geography graduates because of their rare combination of quantitative and qualitative skills, their ability to integrate and analyse diverse data, their understanding of human and environment interactions, their competence in GIS and spatial analysis, and their ability to think critically and creatively about the big social and environmental challenges facing us.

Career paths include:

  • government
  • education
  • environment
  • sustainability
  • tourism and leisure
  • planning and development
  • business and finance
  • security analysis
  • science research.

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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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University of St Andrews

St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews

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