Academic support and development

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 to 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, advice on the St Andrews award, or a postgraduate-specific skills course.

Academic support for undergraduates

As an incoming undergraduate student, you are welcome to attend both drop-in sessions with an academic adviser and one-on-one sessions. The University’s mathematics and statistics support service is available if you wish to brush up on maths and statistics skills, even if your main degree is not maths based. A number of academic Schools also have their own programmes of academic skills workshops in place, led by experienced postgraduates. You will also have the opportunity to work towards your St Andrews award, and to attend professional skills courses through the Professional Skills Curriculum, which may be helpful as you move into your chosen career.

Find out more about the academic support offered for undergraduate students.

Academic support for postgraduates

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 undertake the MSkills programme, designed specifically for students studying a Masters degree. If you’re planning on coming to St Andrews for a postgraduate research programme, you may wish to take the GRADskills programme which is aimed at PhD students.

All postgraduate students may also make use of the University’s mathematics and statistics support service, and have the opportunity to work with an academic skills tutor in both drop-in sessions and one-on-one workshops. You can find out more about what is offered on either the academic support for taught postgraduate students page, or the academic support for research postgraduate students page.