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.



Neuroscience BSc (Hons)



Neuroscience MRes

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


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 to harbor a sense of a neuro-community. These include:

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

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

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Latest in Neuroscience

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience has been ranked the best the UK, according to a new higher education league table.


Researchers within the School have discovered that the ability to understand how others see the world may not be unique to humans as previously thought.


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.

Neuroscience research groups

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience currently has three research groups:

IBANS was created to bring together researchers interested in the study of behaviour, cognition and neuroscience. Research is conducted in silico, with experimental tissues or subjects in the lab, and even by observing animals in their natural habitats.

The SPRG focuses research on the natural behaviour, mentality and ecology of primates. Results often inform welfare and conservation policies, and members of the SPRG do not conduct invasive primate research.

Research in SoLaCE combines theoretical, observational and experimental studies of both wild and captive populations of animals. A wide range of animal groups are studied, ranging from fish to birds and mammals, including human and non-human primates.


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

Facilities include laboratories in:

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.

The vast majority of Neuroscience students have gained postdoctoral and lecturing positions in universities across the world while others have jobs in healthcare (as researchers and clinicians), wildlife conservation, information technology and 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 up to £7,500 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 2014, the School was awarded the Athena SWAN bronze 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 the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017 and first in Scotland by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017 and the Complete University Guide 2017 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