Professional development

The School of Divinity and the University of St Andrews are committed to the professional development of their researchers at all levels: undergraduate, postgraduate, early career and advanced.

Postgraduate professional development

The School prepares its postgraduates to be competitive in the academic and non-academic job market. It has a dedicated Postgraduate Training Officer who organises workshops and lectures on topics such as presenting at conferences, applying for academic jobs, and publishing.

Other opportunities include the following:

  • The School runs five weekly research seminars for research students and staff. These are essential occasions for networking and widening disciplinary and inter-disciplinary knowledge.

  • Paid tutorships (teaching assistantships) for first- and second-year undergraduate modules are advertised each semester. These allow postgraduates to develop their teaching skills under the supervision of a module coordinator.

  • The School offers postgraduate students financial assistance to support research and conference travel.

  • The School and the University provide seed funding for student-led conferences and workshops. The St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies is organised and managed by the Schools's postgraduate research students.

  • The University more widely offers a suite of professional development opportunities through the GRAD-skills programme for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers

  • The University also provides funding for postgraduate research students to undertake training and development of transferrable skills.

Besides academic training, there are opportunities for development and participation in student governance, sports, music, drama, and a wide range of other activities. More information is available on the University's student pages.