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


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

Psychology BSc (Hons)
Psychology MA (Hons)
Gateway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
Gateway to Science Pathway to BSc (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Science Pathway to BSc (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.

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.

Social Sciences and Humanities September Foundation
Social Sciences and Humanities January Foundation 
Science September Foundation
Science January Foundation 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology: The Origins of Mind MSc
Health Psychology MSc
Neuroscience MRes
Psychology (Conversion) MSc
Research Methods in Psychology MSc
The Psychology of Dementia Care PGCert


Psychology (by research) - 1 year  MSc
Psychology PhD
Neuroscience (by research) 1 -year MSc
Neuroscience PhD

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

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Research in Psychology and Neuroscience

Research in Psychology and Neuroscience 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.

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience is equipped with modern technology to perform virtually all aspects of modern psychological and neuroscientific research. Find out more about research facilities

Careers for graduates in Psychology

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

Many Psychology 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 as well as a programme of events to assist students in building 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

There are various funding opportunities available to postgraduate students.

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 by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and the Complete University Guide 2020.


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

Phone: +44 (0) 1334 46 2157

Psychology and Neuroscience website

Psychology and Neuroscience research portal