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Postgraduate research in medicine

Discover why so many postgraduate students choose to study at St Andrews, from the strength of our reputation through to the support the University offers all students. All PhD students become part of St Leonards college on joining the University. See more about St Leonards college and student life.

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. See the current prospectus for PhD study.

The School also welcomes applications from suitable self-funded candidates to undertake a one-year Master of Science by Research degree (MSc (Res)) to engage in a full-time research project and write a dissertation. It is an excellent opportunity to spend a shorter time in a research environment either for a standalone degree or as preparation for a PhD.

Postgraduate visiting days

There are plenty of opportunities to visit the University of St Andrews. We hold visiting days throughout the year to offer prospective postgraduate students a chance to experience the University’s unique atmosphere and see for themselves the quality of the teaching on offer.
See upcoming postgraduate visiting days.

PhD and Postgraduate research opportunities

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MSc (Res) opportunities

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PhD student biographies

Laura Hay

Laura Hay is the recipient of a three-year PhD studentship funded by the University of St Andrews, NHS Fife and the Scottish Government. Supervised by Dr Williams, Laura is looking at data linkage to examine the health outcome of looked after children in Fife.

“I’m undertaking a PhD which is looking at health outcomes for Looked After Young People and Care Leavers in Fife. St Andrews is a great place to study and my PhD lets me develop my research skills whilst maintaining links with the NHS.”

PhD Student, Laura Hay

Dr Keith Moffat

Dr Keith Moffat is the recipient of a three-year PhD studentship in Health Informatics funded by the University of St Andrews. Supervised by Professor Frank Sullivan and Dr Tom Kelsey, Keith is using machine learning methods to predict recruitment to randomised controlled trials in general practice and works between the School of Medicine and the School of Computer Science.

“As an academic general practitioner, I was attracted to St Andrews due to its strength in health informatics. Since studying here I have found so much more. The quality of supervision is excellent and the university is very supportive of students. There are so many unique benefits to studying here such as east and west sands, the postgraduate research library at Martyrs Kirk and the Climbing wall at the university sports centre. Studying here has enabled me to pursue a career in health informatics while maintaining my clinical role as a GP.”

Dr Keith Moffat


Amy Dorward

Amy Dorward is the recipient of a three-year PhD studentship funded by the British Heart Foundation. Supervised by Dr Pitt, Amy is looking at the role of zinc in ischaemic heart failure.

“The aim of my project is to investigate how zinc influences the pathophysiology observed in ischaemic heart failure through cellular and molecular techniques. The School of Medicine provides a friendly environment which enables collaboration with scientists in other fields and allows me to have access to state of the art facilities which enables me to advance my scientific skills. I am also encouraged to develop my skills out with my practical research by teaching, attending courses, presenting at conferences and partaking in public engagement activities.”

PhD Student Amy Dorward

Current PhD and PGR Opportunities

Click here to see any current posts available in the School of Medicine for research degrees