University of St Andrews

Postgraduate Study

  • The University of St Andrews offers a broad range of postgraduate studies, with more than 1,500 postgraduates currently studying in one of our four Faculties of Arts, Divinity, Medicine and Science.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

The 2,730 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 88%
  • Part Time 12%


  • UK 36%
  • EU 27%
  • Other 37%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Historical & philosophical studies 221 327 548
Social studies 117 429 546
Business & administrative studies 20 469 489
Physical sciences 235 105 340
Biological sciences 136 187 323
Languages 62 123 185
Computer science 40 95 135
Mathematical sciences 34 46 80
Subjects allied to medicine 47 0 47
Mass communications & documentation 15 10 25
Creative arts & design 1 8 9
Medicine & dentistry 3 0 3

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £6,800
Mixed -
Laboratory £6,800
Clinical -

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances.
  • Various bursaries and scholarships are designed to provide assistance to the best students from all around the world.

Careers Guidance

  • As well as joining a long line of notable alumni and academics, postgraduate students are supported in their next steps by both the Careers Centre and the university alumni relations team.
  • Taught postgraduate students have the opportunity to take part in the M-Skills programme, which helps students to develop their skills and make the most of the opportunities available whilst studying at St Andrews.
  • The university also provides an extensive and award-winning generic skills development programme – GRADskills – for all of its early career researchers, including PhD and MPhil students.