Earth Sciences at St Andrews spans topics from climate change to the formation of the planets, integrating the natural sciences to understand the world around us. An Earth Science degree will equip you with a fundamental understanding of natural processes, ranging from the formation of major mountain belts to modern ocean acidification, and volcanic eruptions to management of Earth’s natural resources. In addition, our degree programmes equip graduates with transferable skills, such as coding and working in teams, that make them highly sought after by employers. Recent graduates work in a wide range of roles within the Earth Sciences and beyond. See examples on our website of where our graduates go.
St Andrews is ideally located for studying Earth Sciences, with lecture theatres and labs within walking distance of world-famous geological outcrops and the beach. Small class sizes create a culture of camaraderie between students and staff that fosters and encourages intellectual curiosity and independent thinking. The degree structure at St Andrews also allows you to take modules and maintain interests in other subjects in your first two years (sub-honours) before deciding on your final degree option for Honours (third, fourth and fifth years).
Three undergraduate degree programmes are offered, and more detailed information on each can be found at the links below:
BSc Geology – emphasising the materials and processes of the solid Earth and the evolution of our planet over deep time
BSc Environmental Earth Sciences – focusing on Earth surface processes and environmental change
MGeol in Earth and Environmental Science – covering topics across the geosciences and with employer-focussed skills embedded such as a research or commercial placement
Joint Honours BSc options are also available in Geology & Biology and Geology & Chemistry.
The first two years of study are common to all Earth Sciences degree programmes and also allow students to take modules in other subjects. There is flexibility to move between our different degree programmes until the end of second year.
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