Academic support

Students at St Andrews have the opportunity to build on their study skills as part of a programme of academic support and development. This can be particularly helpful for students who are transitioning from school to university, as well as for students who are new to the St Andrews system.

Whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, you are welcome to attend workshops, courses and programmes based on your needs and experience. These could include practical study skills or a subject-specific skills course.

Undergraduate academic support

As an incoming undergraduate student, you are welcome to attend both drop-in sessions with an academic skills tutor and one-on-one sessions.

The University’s Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisation Development (CAPOD) offers academic support through individual appointments, drop-in sessions, seminars and online resources. CAPOD is able to offer guidance on a wide range of topics, including:

  • academic and study skills (e.g. planning and writing essays, note-taking, citing and referencing, managing time)
  • mathematics and statistics support (even if your main degree is not maths based)
  • IT skills.

CAPOD also offers professional skills training through the Professional Skills Curriculum, a programme of online workshops, lectures and practical skills sessions intended to build your employability traits.

A number of academic Schools have their own programmes of academic skills workshops in place, led by experienced postgraduates.

Postgraduate academic support

There are a number of specific skills courses on offer for postgraduate students. If you are an incoming postgraduate student studying a taught course, you have the opportunity to engage with the M-Skills programme, an extra-curricular programme of workshops, lectures, online resources, and mentoring schemes designed to equip you with a range of useful skills and experiences for your studies at St Andrews and beyond. The programme includes networking events, academic and study skills, and professional skills.

If you’re planning on coming to St Andrews for a postgraduate research programme, you may wish to take the GRADskills programme, a suite of workshops, networking events and activities designed to improve your research capabilities and widen your employability both inside and outside academia.