MSc in Environmental Science

University of St Andrews, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The MSc in Environmental Science equips students from diverse scientific backgrounds with the practical and theoretical skills needed to tackle the biggest environmental challenges of our time. The degree includes training in analytical sciences and data analysis, modelling techniques, remediation practices, and reconstruction of biogeochemical processes from the atmosphere to soils, rivers and oceans.

The course includes a capstone field-based exercise in to a globally recognised environmental disaster site, such as Rio Tinto, Spain, and concludes with a dissertation centred around an independent environmental impact assessment project. The course is suitable for motivated graduates with a background in biology, chemistry, physics or natural sciences such as geology, environmental science or geography who seek employment in the professional environmental sector or research opportunities at PhD level. To find out more about the MSc programme visit: or contact

About St Andrews

Founded in the early 15th century, the University of St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world. The University is a top-100 Global University and was ranked first in the 2022 Times University league.

The School houses state-of-the-art stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry, geobiology and rock magnetic laboratories, as well as a range of other facilities to support student research.

Requirements for 2024/25 entry

Course entry requires a minimum 2.1 Honours degree in quantitative Earth Sciences from a UK university, or the equivalent for international students in a subject-related area. For international entry requirements see

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