Postgraduate Research Discount for former students


In an initiative designed to recognise the loyalty of our students, the University offers a 10% discount in postgraduate research tuition fees to certain groups of former students starting a postgraduate research programme with the University of St Andrews. 

Students who have attended the University within the last three academic years, who have graduated from an undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme at the University of St Andrews, or completed a Global Summer School, Study Abroad or Exchange programme at the University of St Andrews and are returning to start a Postgraduate Research programme with the University of St Andrews are eligible for the 10% tuition fee discount.

Value of award (per year)

The discount is 10% of the St Andrews standard tuition fee, taking into account any exceptions and based on the students' remaining liability (after any other funding has been deducted).

Duration of award

The discount will be applied to each standard fee-paying year of study, including compulsory fieldwork year if applicable. It does not include extension, continuation or any other fees.

Application restrictions

Study level

Available to students studying at:



Available to students studying:

No restrictions

Domicile for fee status

Scotland home, Rest of UK, Overseas

Available to

Prospective students

Mode of study

Full time, Part time - daytime

Geographical criteria

No restrictions

Additional criteria

Available to any student who meets the criteria.

The discount will only be applied to the tuition fee balance after any other scholarship or funding has been deducted, i.e. the remaining student liability.

Discount does not apply to the following students:

  • Those in first year of MPhil/MFA programmes (taught year). Discount will be applied to eligible students in year 2 (research year).
  • Those transferring into a postgraduate research degree programme from another St Andrews degree programme where they have not graduated (i.e. a change in qualification aim from MPhil to PhD).
  • Those that have previously studied on an International Education Institute (IE) postgraduate preparation programme or an International Foundation Programme.

How to apply

Subject to your meeting all eligibility criteria, the discount will be applied when your programme tuition fee is generated. You do not need to submit an application form. The discount will be applied to the self-funded portion of your tuition fee liability.

Terms and conditions

Full terms and conditions: Postgraduate research discount for former students

Students must have either:

i. graduated, or have been eligible to graduate, from the University of St Andrews with a recognised degree defined in the Senate Regulations, at a graduation ceremony within the last three years; or, ii. completed a Global Summer School, Study Abroad or Exchange programme at St Andrews and are returning for postgraduate research studies.

Students will only be eligible for the discount upon unconditional offer of a place on a postgraduate research degree programme.