Neuroscience is the science of the nervous system and involves studying how the brain and the rest of the nervous system work in health and disease. Neuroscience is taught closely between the School of Biology and the School of Psychology and Neuroscience and emphasises understanding how the mind and brain work to facilitate our behaviour.

Students of Neuroscience at St Andrews receive a broad education ranging from the level of single proteins within the nervous system and the activity of individual nerve cells, up to higher brain functions such as memory formation and cognitive processing.


Undergraduate - 2020 entry 

Neuroscience BSc (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Science Pathway to BSc (Hons)
Gateway to Science Gateway programme

International Foundation programmes - 2020 entry

International Foundation programmes prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK and at the University of St Andrews in particular.

Science September Foundation
Science January Foundation 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Neuroscience MRes

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience also offers an MSc and an MPhil by research. Please contact the School for more information.


Neuroscience (by research) - 1 year MSc
Neuroscience  PhD

Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

Student life

The Psychology and Neuroscience student society (PsychoSoc) is a great opportunity for students to meet others interested in the field of Psychology and Neuroscience. The society organises academic activities such as lectures and trips to Edinburgh Zoo, as well as weekly lunches, a ball and other kinds of socials.

The Neuroscience Society (NeuroSoc) is a group that strives to bring people together who share a passion for neuroscience, regardless of whether or not they study it formally. The society hosts numerous social and academic events. These include:

  • appearance guest speakers
  • career planning talks
  • internship advice presentations
  • social outings
  • society dinners with members, alumni, and staff.  

Students may also be interested in contributing to Maze, the student-led Psychology and Neuroscience magazine of St Andrews.

Visit St Andrews


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

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • Wednesday 8 April 2020
  • Wednesday 15 April 2020

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Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 11 March 2020

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Neuroscience research areas

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience has consistently been ranked as one of the best research departments in the UK.

Research is broadly organised around two key themes, with many members of the School carrying out research in more than one theme. Researchers from the School also contribute to numerous interdisciplinary research centres and institutes.


The School of Psychology and Neuroscience is equipped with modern technology to perform virtually all aspects of neuroscientific research. 

Facilities include laboratories in:

  • neurophysiology
  • cell culture, molecular and cellular biology
  • high resolution microscopy and image analysis
  • psychopharmacology
  • cognitive neuropsychology
  • neuroimaging (including fMRI, EEG, TMS, spinning disc confocal microscopy, optogenetics)
  • psychophysics
  • computational modelling
  • eye-tracking
  • animal learning and cognition (including the Living Links to Human Evolution Research Centre at Edinburgh Zoo and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
  • developmental psychology.

There are also extensive computing facilities for both online control of experiments and offline analysis of data. 

Careers for graduates in Neuroscience

The School provides opportunities to gain experience of working in an academic context, by being involved in tutorials, laboratory classes and other aspects of academic work.

Many Neuroscience graduates have gained postdoctoral and lecturing positions in universities across the world while others have found jobs in:

  • healthcare (as researchers and clinicians)
  • wildlife conservation
  • information technology
  • management services.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills. 

Funding opportunities

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


Find out about undergraduate funding opportunities offered by the University of St Andrews.

Undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduate students

The Scottish Funding Council is offering a scholarship covering tuition fees for applicants to the Psychology of Dementia Care course.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students  

Find out more about funding for postgraduate research. 

Funding for PhD students


Athena SWAN award

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience is determined to foster an inclusive environment that promotes equality and values diversity. In 2018, the School was awarded the Athena SWAN silver award in recognition of its commitment to advancing the careers of women in science.

REF 2014

Research within the School of Psychology and Neuroscience was ranked second in Scotland by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework with 84% of the research rated world-leading and internationally excellent.

University league tables

Psychology at St Andrews was ranked first in Scotland and second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and first in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2020 for student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects.


School of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of St Andrews
St Mary's Quad
South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9JP

Phone: +44 (0) 1334 462157

Psychology and Neuroscience website

Psychology and Neuroscience research portal