Research in Schools
The majority of the research at the University of St Andrews takes place within the Academic Schools and Research Centres. The diverse range of these research areas can be seen below. The excellent quality of research at the University is demonstrated by the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
Find out about some of the research recently undertaken by academic staff in this series of short videos. You can also view several business engagement and company formation videos which represent projects that were supported by our 2013-2015 EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account.
The School of Art History has an international reputation for excellence in research. The research interests of the School extend from the Mediaeval to the Modern periods, comprising the art of Renaissance Italy, British architecture, furniture history, photography, and 19th- and 20th-century art in Britain, France and Russia.
Research at the School of Chemistry is part of EaStCHEM, a world-class research group based at St Andrews and Edinburgh. EaStCHEM's research themes: the Chemistry/Biology Interface, Experimental and Theoretical Chemical Physics and Molecular Synthetic Chemistry cover a wide range of areas and build on the existing strengths of the parent Universities.
- Artificial intelligence and symbolic computation, including constraint programming, computational algebra and computational logic and natural language processing, image processing and robotics
- Computer systems engineering, including software engineering, system dependability and social informatics.
- Human computer interaction, including pervasive and ubiquitous computing, input and output technologies, intelligent interactive systems and visualisation.
- Programming languages with an emphasis on type systems and parallelism in functional programming languages.
The School of English has been ranked third in the UK, and first in Scotland, in the most recent league table of research intensive departments (2014). With over 90% of our staff submitted, 86% of our research has been rated world leading and internationally excellent. In the previous research assessment exercise (2008) we were also ranked in the top ten, making the School one of the UK's consistently outstanding research departments.
- Mediaeval and Renaissance
- 18th Century, Romantic and Victorian
- Modern and Contemporary
- Creative Writing
The School of History has particular research strengths in a variety of areas, including the Middle Ages and the Reformation, the Mediaeval and early modern English and Scottish Parliaments, Scottish and Mediterranean history, Environmental history, and the history of modern identity, including gender, ethnicity and nationalism.
Research at the School of International Relations includes several research groups and focuses on three broad themes: conflict, peace and security; the evolving character of global and supra-national institutions; and civil societies and international relations.
- Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
- Centre for Study of Terrorism and Political Violence
- Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and Eastern European Studies
- Centre for Global Constitutionalism
- Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics
- Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies
The research groups at the School of Mathematics and Statistics are internationally leading and attract researchers, postgraduate students and collaborators from around the world.
The School is also well-known for its research in the History of Mathematics.
The School of Medicine has active research programmes covering a variety of areas of biomedical science.
With more than 40 research-active members of staff, the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews represents one of the most dynamic groupings of Modern Languages scholars in the UK, and boasts an exceptionally broad variety of research interests that range from the mediaeval period to the twenty-first century and engage with the cultures of four different continents. The School is involved with various Centres and Institutes within the University. In the 2014 UK-wide assessment of university research over 70% of the work in Modern Languages at St Andrews was rated world-leading and internationally excellent. We were also ranked first in Scotland on the quality of our publications.
- Research centres and interests within Philosophy
- Research centres and interests within Social Anthropology
- Research environment at Film Studies
Psychology and Neuroscience
The School of Psychology and Neuroscience at St Andrews is one of the top rated research departments in the UK. There is a thriving research culture involving staff and postgraduates. Current research of international renown is being carried out in the following areas:
- Cellular and developmental neuroscience
- Origins of mind
- Perception, cognition and action
- Social and group processes.