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About the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies

The Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies was established in 2017 to foster interdisciplinary postgraduate education and scholarship.

Learn across subject boundaries

Interdisciplinary learning is at the heart of the Graduate School.
The Graduate School’s Masters degrees help students to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of their subject and to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate their studies.
This ability to work across subject boundaries is now recognised as an essential skill. Society’s capacity to tackle global challenges around peace and security, health and wellbeing, sustainability and climate change, and governance and human rights requires people with advanced academic knowledge and who can consider problems from different perspectives and use insights from different disciplines to develop solutions.  
On the Graduate School's Masters degrees core modules are structured around themed seminars led by subject experts from across the University. You will be shown different disciplinary perspectives on key topics and encouraged to think beyond the concepts, theories, and methodologies of any single academic discipline. In this way you will develop a greater breadth of learning as well as demonstrate personal attributes such as flexibility and creativity. Optional modules, where taken, allow you to further develop the interdisciplinary character of your studies.
The end of degree project takes the form of a period of supervised research where you will explore a topic in depth. Your project can be an interdisciplinary one, giving you the opportunity to work on a topic that reflects your academic and professional interests and that demonstrates your ability to bridge disciplinary divides

Develop and apply practical skills

As well as their interdisciplinary character, the Graduate School's Masters degrees are distinguished by an emphasis on the development and application of practical skills.

In addition to broadening your subject knowledge, you will develop your skills of critical thinking and creativity, analysis and appraisal, problem-solving and decision making, project management and personal leadership, and team working and interpersonal communication.

All of the Graduate School's Masters degrees include an integrated training programme. The training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability. The training programme brings together Masters students from across the Graduate School, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections and providing a supportive social aspect to the Graduate School community.

There is a particular emphasis on developing your ability to present academic concepts and research to different audiences in exciting and engaging ways. Some core module assessments may take the form of practical exercises - such as a podcast or short film - allowing you to apply your technical skills. Depending on the topic, your end of degree project may also be presented in a more applied form - such as policy report or a multi-media portfolio.

Some degrees may also provide the opportunity to work with a relevant external agency or organisation, allowing you to gain first-hand professional experience.

Be part of a vibrant, intellectually stimulating community

Alongside the integrated training programme sessions and other social events hosted by the Graduate School, students are encouraged to explore the intellectual and social opportunities available through the University's wider postgraduate community.

St Leonard’s Postgraduate College is the collective name of the University's postgraduate community. Bringing together Masters students and doctoral students, St Leonard's Postgraduate College works to promote a culture in which postgraduate scholarship, creativity, and discovery can flourish. St Leonard's Postgraduate College hosts events throughout the academic year and these are a chance for postgraduates to come together, socially and intellectually, and make new connections. 

St Leonard’s Postgraduate College works closely with the Postgraduate Society, which is one of the most active societies within the Students’ Association. The Postgraduate Society organises social events specifically for postgraduates including pub nights and beach bonfires, day trips around Scotland, and the postgraduate summer ball and graduation ball.

For the more energetic, St Andrews has excellent sports and fitness facilities.