Interdisciplinary Studies

The ability to work across traditional subject boundaries is now recognised as an essential skill. Interdisciplinary degrees at St Andrews draw on expertise and world-class reputation across a range of humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences subjects.

Through exploration of different theoretical and methodological approaches, students are able to broaden their learning and develop the ability to approach questions from different disciplinary perspectives.

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If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at a visiting day to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.


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The Graduate School

In 2017, the University of St Andrews launched a new and exciting initiative – a Graduate School offering interdisciplinary Masters degrees and developing an innovative approach to postgraduate support.

The Graduate School offers a unique environment for postgraduate study. Its interdisciplinary programmes and community provide students with a stimulating opportunity to work across subject boundaries and expand their knowledge base. Drawing on concepts and methodologies from the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences students will be encouraged to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies and give them new insights into contemporary debates and professional practice.

As well as their interdisciplinary character, the Graduate School’s Masters degrees are distinguished by their emphasis on the development and application of practical skills. Modules provide students with the opportunity to explore methodologies and techniques relevant to academic and professional contexts. In the summer, research project and dissertation students research a topic in depth and can apply these skills and demonstrate their ability. Programmes also provide the opportunity to work with a relevant external agency or organisation, allowing students to gain first-hand professional experience.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students.


St Andrews offers a number of funding opportunities for undergraduate study.

Undergraduate scholarships


For the 2017-2018 academic year, postgraduate students on any eligible one-year full-time taught postgraduate course who meet the geographical eligibility criteria for the Student Awards Agency for Scotland can apply for the postgraduate student loan of up to £10,000.

The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount for recent graduates. The discount is available to students who graduated from the University in the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate course.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students  

Find out more about funding for postgraduate research. 

Funding for PhD students


As a 600-year-old institution, it's no surprise that the University of St Andrews is known across the globe as a world leader in education. Our consistently high rankings in both national and global league tables place us within the top 100 of world universities.

See more about the University's reputation.



National Student Survey

The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student satisfaction in The National Student Survey 2017 as 94% of St Andrews final year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.

TEF Gold award

In 2017, the University received a TEF Gold award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.


University of St Andrews
St Katharine’s West
16 The Scores
St Andrews
Fife, KY16 9AX
Scotland, UK

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