Earth and Environmental Sciences at St Andrews spans topics from the formation of the planets to current climate change, integrating the natural sciences to understand the world around us. Degrees in this subject equip students with a fundamental understanding of natural processes, ranging from the formation of mountain belts to ocean acidification, and volcanic eruptions to the management of Earth's resources. This allows graduates to address many of the greatest challenges facing science and society, including natural hazards, resource security, and environmental change.
St Andrews is the ideal place to study Earth and Environmental Sciences, as it is surrounded by world-famous geological outcrops and a dynamic natural environment. Taught degree programmes take advantage of the unique location with over 100 days in the field, both locally and across Europe. This extensive field training, combined with the state-of-the-art research and industry experience, allows graduates to enjoy some of the best employment prospects of any degree programme of any university in the UK.
2022 entry requirements
4 Highers at AAAB including two from Maths, Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography or Physics plus English at National 5 at B.
Widening access entry:
4 Highers at AABB including two from Maths, Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography or Physics plus English at National 5 at B. (You may gain entry to the Gateway programme with 4 Highers at BBBB).
Faculty of Science
Geography and Sustainable Development