Sustainable Development and Energy (MSc) 2016 entry
This MSc is part of a double Masters which takes place at both the University of St Andrews and the Moscow State Institution of International Relations (MGIMO). The first year at St Andrews has a specific focus on energy issues, and the second year at Moscow challenges students to complete a study abroad programme on a wide range of energy modules.
Postgraduate; leading to a double Master of Science (MSc)
Two years full time
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. No previous training in sustainable energy is required, but students with an undergraduate degree in either business, management or economics are encouraged to apply.
If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
UK and EU: £6,800
- covering letter/personal statement explaining why you are a suitable candidate and how the degree will help your personal development
- sample of academic written work (1,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- English language requirements certificate.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
If you are looking to start this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Sustainable Development and Energy MSc page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.
- Students benefit from studying abroad at MGIMO in Moscow, taking a wide range of energy modules, and being a part of the Arctic Research Centre.
- Interdisciplinary teaching provides multiple perspectives. Students are taught by experts from disciplines across the University and beyond.
- Practical experience supplements leading theory. The lecturers and visiting speakers all have practical experience of advising government, business and communities on aspects of sustainable development as well as being leaders in their academic fields.
- Students are placed in internships at an energy company in Moscow during their second year.
The MSc in Sustainable Development and Energy is full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Geography and Geosciences. The course is part of a double Masters degree in which students spend one year at St Andrews and the second year studying abroad at the MGIMO in Moscow. The MSc at St Andrews is awarded independently of the second year at Moscow.
During the first year at St Andrews, students complete six modules. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, student-led workshops, as well as field trips and away days. Over the course of the year, but with particular focus during the summer months, students research and write a 15,000-word dissertation that is the culmination of their first degree.
During the second year at MGIMO, students complete six modules. Teaching is conducted by leading CEOs in energy companies. Students are placed in an internship with an energy company during their second year at Moscow which typically lasts from 4 to 12 weeks depending upon student availability and the company's role. Internships are usually unpaid, but this can vary depending upon experience. All travel costs for internships are normally covered.
The modules at St Andrews have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue.
Year 1 - University of St Andrews
- Interrogating Sustainable Development: provides an introduction to sustainable development.
- Master Class in Sustainable Development: trains students to critically reflect on the potential and limitations of sustainable development.
- Economics for the Environment: introduces the contributions that environmental economics can make to helping us understand and manage a wide range of environmental problems.
Students choose two optional modules. With permissions from the relevant Head of School, up to 50 credits may be taken at MSc-level from Schools across the University with a focus on management, economics or business.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered (see the University’s position on curriculum development), but currently recommended modules include:
- Development and the Environment: introduces students to key topics in development and environmental economics, including poverty, inequality and land reform.
- Public Policy and the Environment: introduces students to advanced topics in development and environmental economics through weekly seminar reading groups.
- Environmental Change
- Contemporary Global Issues in Management: examines how various global tends will impact upon economies, organisations and the practice of management, especially the ways in which ecological, social and economic factors interact to create threat and opportunities for organisations.
- Being a Social Scientist: explores the fundamental skills required by all social scientists and prepares you for the research dissertation and professional development.
- Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences: introduces the basic theoretical approaches in the social sciences, encouraging you to make connections between the methodological and epistemological issues involved in conducting social scientific research.
- Responsibility, Sustainability and Accountability in Organisations: an introduction and analysis of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, the meaning, tensions and conflicts that these concepts entail and the role that accountability can play in their achievement.
- Environmental History: Nature and the Western World (1800–2000): examines attitudes to nature and animals, species history, national parks and nature reserves, as well as the history of environmentalism and nature conservation, countryside recreation and tourism, and current problems such as pollution and pesticide use.
- Ten Global Health Problems: considers a range of health problems that represent the diversity of the issues that affect most of the world’s population.
- Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management: introduces students to the basic principles, including the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and an introduction to the use of remotely sensed data for spatial analysis.
- The Biology of Marine Mammals: introduces the zoogeography of marine mammals and the morphological, physiological and behavioural adaptations which have enabled this diverse group to successfully colonise all of the world's oceans and some freshwater systems.
Year 2 - Moscow State Institution of International Relations
- Management and Marketing
- Energy Economics
- Strategic Management
- Legal Regulation of Energy
- Oil and Gas Business
- Financial Management of Energy
*Please note that these modules are indicative of the themes to be covered, but individual modules are subject to change.
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
The dissertation gives students the chance to fully engage with the area of sustainable energy about which you are most passionate, by researching and writing a 15,000-word review essay which is the culmination of your degree. Advised by a member of academic staff, you will work during the academic year and across the summer months on your individual dissertation.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.
After the MSc
Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in further research degrees, either a PhD or the shorter two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) research degree at St Andrews or elsewhere.
PhD funding opportunities are available from the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.
Sustainability impacts upon almost all aspects of life and graduates from the Sustainable Energy MSc pursue many different professional careers including:
- sustainability in business management, engineering, planning, transport, waste, energy or environmental management.
- sustainability research and policy consultancy.
- international development.
- sustainability advisers to supra-national bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, and the OECD.
In addition to these pathways, students often go on to work with energy specific entities such as:
- energy companies
- energy consultancy services
- energy regulators such as Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) or Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)
- energy departments in Ministries or national civil service.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
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