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Why at St Andrews?

High quality teaching and research

We believe that good teaching and good research go hand-in-hand and we take pride in our research-based culture of teaching.  The School of Psychology & Neuroscience at St Andrews is a world class department with a long and distinguished history and excellent modern facilities. The School has an international reputation for quality of its teaching and research and has some of the best psychological laboratory facilities in the UK.  Psychology in St Andrews has maintained its position as one of the UK's top Psychology departments in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise  and we remain the top psychology department in Scotland.

Research funding

Our standing as a centre for research excellence is illustrated by the fact that we regularly attract funding from UK research councils (Leverhulme, Royal Society of Edinburgh, MRC, ESRC, BBSRC, EPSRC), the European Union, the Wellcome Trust, the Carnegie Trust and industry.  Consequently we have a large and thriving community of research staff and postgraduate students.  Information on student tuition fees and scholarships can be found on the Financial information page.

Research environment

We are equipped with modern technology to perform virtually all aspects of psychological research. Facilities include laboratories in neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, psychophysics, animal learning and cognition, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology. We have extensive computing facilities for both online control of experiments and off-line analysis of data.

The School’s size promotes a friendly atmosphere with a cross-flow of ideas while providing the depth and breadth necessary to pursue major scientific programmes at an international level. We have active links with other Schools and Departments within the University, with other Scottish universities and with research institutions outside the UK. Examples include the Scottish Vision Group, the Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution, the Scottish Primate Research Group, the Social Dimensions of Health Institute, the Tayside Social group, and the Institute for Behavioural and Neural Sciences at the University of St Andrews. There is also an active collaboration in neuroscience with Emory University’s Neural and Behavioral Biology program.

We offer excellent opportunities for fieldwork ranging from primate ethology in Africa and hummingbird cognition in the Rocky Mountains, Canada, to observations in zoos throughout the UK. For clinical, neuropsychological, and developmental research, we have excellent working relationships with a number of hospitals and schools.


Head shot of Lin MacLean “My undergraduate Psychology degree is from the Open University and, before that, I had careers in both business and the Armed Forces. The School of Psychology & Neuroscience at St Andrews was my first and only choice for a PhD because of the reputation of its staff and research facilities. I am now in the third year of my doctoral research in Applied, Clinical and Health Psychology. I feel very fortunate to be studying under the supervision of world-class academics in such a beautiful environment.

PhD student


Head shot of Katharina Zeiner “I started working with my current supervisor as an undergraduate and decided to stay for my PhD because I had really enjoyed the productive atmosphere of the lab and studying visual perception. The School of Psychology & Neuroscience is a great environment to work in because it is large enough to be incredibly diverse yet it is small enough that most people know you. So while you will be working in your lab group you will have a chance to discuss your work with people from wide-ranging areas such as cognitive ageing and primate communication.

Stuttgart, Germany
PhD student

Aerial view of St Andrews - copyright Dr Stephen Evans

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