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Advising meeting

‌‌Advising September 2020

Advising meetings for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students studying at the University in Semester 1 2020-2021 will take place Monday 31 August - Wednesday 9 September 2020. Some advisers may only be available during the traditional core advising period of Monday to Wednesday in Orientation Week (7th-9th September).

Due to the situation with Covid-19, this semester appointments will take place online, unless you are in St Andrews and you and your Adviser of studies agree to meet in person. 

Returning students only need a compulsory meeting if they are returning from study abroad, re-engaging after leave of absence or on academic probation. Returning students not in these categories can confirm their pre-advising module choices by email to their Adviser of studies, but are welcome to request a meeting if they would like to.
New undergraduate students will be allocated an Adviser of studies in the second half of August.

All undergraduate students in the Faculties of ArtsDivinity and Science must meet their Adviser of studies at the beginning of each academic year (or in January if not studying in St Andrews during semester 1).

Attending the advising meeting is a compulsory part of the matriculation process, which must be successfully completed in order to become a registered current student. Until your module choices are approved by your Adviser of studies at this meeting, and validated in the academic advising system, you are not officially enrolled in those modules.

See details of advising appointments:

  • undergraduate students
  • taught postgraduate students: see arrangements within your school
  • research postgraduate students: first-year MPhil students should check with their supervisors for advising meeting details. PhD students do not need to be advised into modules, and the Academic Advising system is not open to them. PhD students who think they will need to attend a module should liaise with their School or supervisor.

In order to get the most from your meeting with your Adviser of studies, it is important that you have done some initial research and thinking about your module choices prior to your meeting, and submitted provisional choices during the pre-advising process. Further details of degree programmes and modules, including compulsory modules, can be found by searching or browsing the online course catalogue. Additional information is also available on school web pages.

Before approving your module choices, your Adviser of studies will:

  • check that you have selected all the compulsory modules for your degree programme
  • check that you have selected optional modules appropriate to meet other relevant academic regulations
  • check that you are qualified to take all your selected modules, and that they are available to you
  • discuss with you the amount of flexibility that you will have to switch to other degree programmes

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Dr Stephen Tyre, Associate Dean Students (Arts and Divinity)


Dr Graham Kirby, Associate Dean Students (Science)


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