Modern psychology focuses on the understanding of perception, cognition, motivation and behaviour at several different levels, from the study of the brain to complex social interactions of humans and animals. Psychology at St Andrews is taught with an emphasis on understanding how the mind and brain work to facilitate our behaviour.



Psychology BSc (Hons)
Psychology MA (Hons)

Joint degree options 

The Psychology BSc (Hons) and the Psychology MA (Hons) programmes can be taken with another subject as part of a joint degree or a "with" degree.



Adults with Learning Disabilities who have Significant and Complex Needs PGDip
Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology: The Origins of the Mind MSc
Health Psychology MSc
Neuroscience MRes
Psychology (Conversion) MSc
Research Methods in Psychology MSc
The Psychology of Dementia Care PGCert

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.

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Autumn visiting days

Booking for our autumn visiting days will open in early September 2018.

  • Wednesday 26 September 2018
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  • Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • Wednesday 24 October 2018
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Psychology 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 four 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.

Psychology 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.

Psychology facilities

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience is equipped with modern technology to perform virtually all aspects of modern psychological and 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, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
  • developmental psychology
  • social psychology.

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

Careers for graduates in Psychology

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 Psychology 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 on a taught postgraduate course 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