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 for Interdisciplinary Studies 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 their 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.