University of St Andrews

Introduction

Choose St Andrews

Study at the University of St Andrews and experience world-class teaching, cutting-edge research and the flexible degree structure of Scotland’s first university.

Over the last 600 years, the University of St Andrews has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading research and teaching centres. Today, we offer a flexible degree structure based on your choice of subject specialism or research, creating an environment which nurtures inquisitive minds and a culture of shared learning.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 named the University of St Andrews the UK University of the Year for Student Experience 2018. It’s the second year running that Scotland’s oldest university has walked off with a University of the Year title. Last year it was UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality.

Scotland's first university

Founded in the early 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world.

Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410 and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413.

The most international of Scotland’s universities

We are the most international of Scotland’s universities and one of the most international in the UK with staff and students of over 120 nationalities.

Postgraduate study

The University of St Andrews offers a broad range of postgraduate studies, with more than 1,000 postgraduates currently studying in one of our four Faculties of Arts, Divinity, Medicine and Science. St Andrews is a remarkable and exciting institution which combines the cosmopolitanism of an international university with a strong sense of community derived from its location in a small and ancient town. The scale of the University allows us to compete successfully for private and public funding for our path-breaking research while being small enough to provide individual attention to everyone who chooses to study here.

Research excellence

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked the University of St Andrews top in Scotland and 14th in the UK for the quality of research publications across Science, the Arts, Divinity and Medicine.

Traditions

The University of St Andrews is home to many unique traditions.

  • The curse of Patrick Hamilton
  • May Dip
  • Academic families
  • Raisin Monday
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc in Conservation Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Saint Andrews

The MSc in Conservation Studies is a one year interdisciplinary Masters degree. It provides a scientific understanding of data collection and analysis, environmental governance, and conflicts between conservation and societies. Over the summer, students research a conservation-related topic in depth. [+]

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The MSc in Conservation Studies is a one year interdisciplinary Masters degree that brings together students from a range of backgrounds but with a shared passion for conservation.

Highlights The interdisciplinary approach means you can explore a range of methodological approaches to conservation – ecological, economic, historical, etc. You will gain a scientific understanding of data collection and analysis and engage with issues in conservation policy at different scales. An ideal opportunity to research ecological case studies and examples from a range of habitats in aquatic and terrestrial systems. Students complete a practically orientated summer research project which can be undertaken in collaboration with an external organisation involved in conservation work. ... [-]

MSc in Data-Intensive Analysis

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Saint Andrews + 1 more

The MSc in Data-Intensive Analysis is an interdisciplinary course providing students with an understanding of how data is used to gain useful insights in all areas of scientific endeavour. The programme has a substantive statistical component – both theory and practice – allied to computational data science and visualisation. [+]

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The MSc in Data-Intensive Analysis is a one-year taught programme run collaboratively by the Schools of Computer Science and Mathematics and Statistics. The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August.

Highlights The course develops practical skills in derivation, validation and deployment of predictive models based on collected data, and provides training in the use of industry- and research-standard technologies and techniques. Students undertake a significant project including a wide-ranging investigation leading to their dissertation, which enables them to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking. Students have 24-hour access to modern computing laboratories, provisioned with dual-screen PC workstations and group-working facilities. Teaching format ... [-]

MSc in International Development Practice

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Saint Andrews

The MSc in International Development Practice is a one-year interdisciplinary Masters degree. Taught by academic staff and development practitioners, students explore key theoretical concepts in development studies and receive practical training that can be applied in international development roles. [+]

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The MSc International Development Practice is a one-year interdisciplinary Masters degree designed to train students in both the theoretical and practical aspects of international development work.

Highlights Combines exploration of key theoretical concepts in development studies with training in skills used by development practitioners. Provides a substantial introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods for assessing development programmes. Targeted at students intending to follow a career in international development, and the summer research project can be undertaken in collaboration with organisations involved in development work. Interdisciplinary approach means you can explore a range of methodological approaches. ... [-]

Master

MLitt in Art History

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Saint Andrews + 1 more

The MLitt in Art History offers a diverse range of subject areas, from early medieval art and architecture to contemporary performance art; modules address major themes and concepts that connect different periods of art history. [+]

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The MLitt in Art History is designed to develop and enhance core research and writing skills, to introduce and deepen knowledge of the theoretical and methodological foundations of Art History, and to enable students to explore current critical debates, art media, and contextual questions.

Highlights Students have access to extensive library holdings including a major Visual Resources Collection with over 150,000 images and a microfiche copy of the Conway and Witt photographic archives, comprising some two million images of works of art. The choice of modules allows a wide-ranging study of thematic or methodological issues, as well as focused research pathways. Small class sizes prioritize discussion with peers and interaction with the tutor. Students have the opportunity to attend class trips, and there is a research seminar with guest lecturers for all staff and students every two weeks. Students may also apply to take part in a summer exchange programme with the École du Louvre in Paris. Teaching format ... [-]

MLitt in Contemporary Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Saint Andrews

The MLitt Contemporary Studies is a one year interdisciplinary Masters degree. It explores disciplinary perspectives on “the contemporary” and approaches to defining and disseminating knowledge, discusses how a common lexicon might bridge disciplines, and considers ways to engage with views outside academia. [+]

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The MLitt Contemporary Studies is a one-year interdisciplinary Masters degree that explores the nature of the contemporary and draws on epistemologies and methodologies from the humanities, the social sciences, and the physical and life sciences.

This interdisciplinary degree involves academic staff from the following Schools:

Art History Classics Computer Science Economics and Finance English Management Modern Languages Psychology and Neuroscience Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies Physics and Astronomy.

Highlights Brings together students and academic staff from the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences offering a unique interdisciplinary degree. Broadens students’ knowledge base and greatly enhances their skills of analysis, synthesis, and communication. Enables those looking to continue to doctoral study to return to and potentially enrich their “home” disciplines with new perspectives and methodologies. Summer research project can take the form of a practice-based submission comprising a practical component (such as a video essay, curation work, website design) with a written reflective component or a standardly written dissertation. ... [-]

MLitt in Film Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Saint Andrews

The MLitt in Film Studies helps students master a range of advanced research skills and acquire knowledge related to the construction and analysis of the moving image, the past and present-day realities of various national and regional film traditions, the dynamics of the global film industry, and the theoretical approaches related to the film. [+]

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The MLitt in Film Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Film Studies. The programme approaches the study of film through a varied intellectual approach, exploring cinema in a global context. You will discover filmmaking cultures outside the canon and examine classic film through new cultural, theoretical and historical perspectives.

Highlights Film Studies approaches the study of film through a varied intellectual approach, exploring cinema in a global context. You will discover filmmaking cultures outside the canon and examine classic films through new cultural, theoretical and historical perspectives. Film Studies receives regular visits from high-profile film scholars, critics and film industry personalities. Most recently, acclaimed film director Joe Russo held a workshop open to all students in December 2015. Students have the opportunity to present their work at the annual postgraduate student colloquium in May, at which a visiting professor provides them with feedback on their work. The Film Studies postgraduate community mixes MLitt and PhD students in friendly and collaborative ways. Teaching format ... [-]

MLitt in Strategic Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Saint Andrews

The MLitt in Strategic Studies addresses core themes in strategic studies, enabling students to apply knowledge of strategy-making and strategic thinking as a historical practice to armed conflict. [+]

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The MLitt in Strategic Studies is a one year taught postgraduate programme run jointly by the Schools of International Relations and History and is linked to the Institute for the Study of War and Strategy.

Highlights The course is firmly grounded in a historical approach to the subject, both with a view to strategic theory as a subfield of intellectual history and political theory. The wide-ranging choice of optional modules enables students to tailor the programme’s taught elements to their individual requirements and interests. Teaching format

The programme consists of four taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice.... [-]


MRes in Neuroscience

Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Saint Andrews

The MRes in Neuroscience is designed to provide advanced training in neuroscience research. Students conduct a year-long research project and learn relevant techniques and skills through coursework. Research projects are carried out in a single laboratory over the full length of the programme, thereby giving students a unique opportunity to pursue research questions in depth. The overall aim is to help students acquire the skills needed to succeed as independent research scientists. [+]

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The MRes in Neuroscience is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Highlights Intensive week-long introductory module prepares students for the course before the start of Semester 1. The course includes a streamlined taught component Students have the opportunity to conduct a year-long project in a single laboratory. Teaching format

The course begins with a week-long intensive module which continues during Semester 1 with a weekly seminar series. Over two semesters, students will also complete two additional Honours-level modules.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals and guided the independent study. The modules are assessed principally by written work and oral presentations.... [-]