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Postgraduate Community at St Andrews

The University of St Andrews offers a rich postgraduate experience. Postgraduates are encouraged to explore the opportunities available to them.

St Leonard's Events

St Leonard's Postgraduate College events are a chance for postgraduates to come together, socially and intellectually, and make new connections. 

Regular events include:

  • A weekly Postgraduate Café with free hot drinks and biscuits
  • A Postgraduate Lecture Series
  • An annual Chapel Service for the Commemoration of St Leonard

Our annual St Leonard's College Magazine takes a look back at events and activities over the past academic year. If you have any recommendations about events you would like to see us host for postgraduates please contact us at

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Postgraduate Society Events

St Leonard’s College works closely with the Postgraduate Society which is one of the most active societies within the Students’ Association. All Masters students and PhD students are automatically welcomed into the Postgraduate Society when they join the University.

The Postgraduate Society organises a range of events specifically for postgraduates including formal dinners and balls, pub nights and bonfires on the beach, traditional ceilidhs, and day trips around Scotland.

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University Events

The University hosts a number of events which are free and open to the public and which postgraduates are welcome to attend. These include regular talks and lectures on a range of subjects presented by members of the University’s academic staff and distinguished visiting speakers.

For details of forthcoming events, please visit the University events diary. There are also talks and other events hosted by the University Library and the University’s three museums.

Schools and research institutes also run their own seminar series and often host academic conferences. Postgraduates should consider the intellectual and networking value of attending such events and, in the case of research students, attendance may be expected as part of your personal researcher development plan.

For more information about School events, please visit your School's website or look for notices within your School.

Cultural Events

St Andrews, despite its small size, has a rich cultural life. 

The University is home to a number of musical groups and societies which are open for postgraduates to join. There is also a busy programme of lunchtime and evening concerts by both student and professional ensembles including concerts hosted by the University Music Centre.

The Byre Theatre is run by the University and is a hub for the arts in St Andrews. It offer a year round programme of drama, concerts, dance, and exhibitions. Mermaids is part of the Students' Association and supports student-led performances - it supports around thirty shows each year and also hosts an annual drama festival.

Sporting and Outdoor Events

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

The indoor facilities cater for over 20 different sports, a range of fitness classes, and gym and fitness suite users. University Park is also home to some of the best grass pitches in Scotland as well as 3G and sand-dressed synthetic pitches and tennis courts that can used all year round.

There are also a number of sporting clubs for University staff and postgraduates which always welcome new members. These include the Staff and Postgraduate Cricket Club, and the Staff and Postgraduate Hiking Club.

Student Societies

Societies are the heart of student life in St Andrews. There are more than 140 societies covering all sorts of interests including culture, politics, and special interest groups. Societies are a way to meet other postgraduates who share your interests and make new friends. Postgraduates can also apply to set up a new society.

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