We are a scientific community that studies the Earth and its neighbours in space. We aim to provide a diverse, inclusive environment which fosters open-minded critical thinking and debate, and we are committed to creating a scientifically literate and informed society. We welcome everyone who shares these aspirations.
Earth Sciences at St Andrews dates to the 17th Century, a rich tradition that shapes our vision for the future: to define the cutting edge of Earth, environmental, and planetary science, and deliver unparalleled student education.
Our research is both curiosity driven, addressing profound questions about the co-evolution of Earth and life, and applied, delivering societal and economic impact. It spans recent environmental change to planetary formation, underpinned by state-of-the-art analytical and field capabilities.
The School is ranked consistently as one of the top UK undergraduate programmes, with leading student satisfaction and an outstanding employability record (1st in student satisfaction, National Student Survey 2016; 2nd in The Independent Complete University Guide 2015; 4th in the Times Good University Guide, 2016). The School also runs the UK’s leading Earth Science outreach programme, Geobus, bringing geosciences to over 10,000 high school students each year.
Spurred-on by St Andrews’ recent 600th anniversary celebrations, the School has undergone an exciting phase of expansion, with new faculty hires, laboratory development, and enhanced student numbers, degree options, and research funding.