Upskilling short courses (undergraduate level)

September 2024 or January 2025 entry

Upskilling courses at the University of St Andrews are suitable for individuals who wish to study on a short-term or modular basis. Delivered in the evenings, they are perfect for individuals who want to develop their skills and knowledge in a flexible study environment.

These courses provide opportunities for career enhancement and skills development.

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Course type

Short course at undergraduate level, leading to a St Andrews Certificate of Completion (module with credit)

Course duration

Each upskilling course lasts one semester (12 weeks) in the first instance.

There are two different entry points available each year: September and January.

After you have completed an upskilling course, you can choose to continue to study in the evening as a non-graduating student, or join our MA Combined Studies evening degree.

Entry requirements

We would normally expect you to have a basic level of education at school level, which should include English and mathematics. This will be discussed at interview and does not have to be evidenced through formal qualifications.

We will consider work experience, professional qualifications, and other forms of evidence of ability to study instead of a recent formal qualification.

How to apply

If you have questions about applying for upskilling short courses or the other part-time opportunities at St Andrews, the Lifelong Learning team will be happy to help. Email them at

Course information

Undergraduate upskilling courses at the University of St Andrews allow you to study on a short-term basis in the evening without committing to a degree. Upskilling courses run in a hybrid format, which means that students have the option to either join online or in-person.

Applicants can choose from 20 or 30 credit courses in a variety of subjects. Not only will you finish your studies with a certificate of completion and a wealth of knowledge on the topics you have studied, but you will also develop and improve a variety of transferable skills:

  • verbal and written communication
  • team working
  • organisational and time management skills
  • research, interpretation, and analytical skills
  • computer literacy
  • interpersonal skills
  • dedication and personal motivation
  • listening skills
  • presentation skills
  • critical thinking and evaluation
  • confidence.


Applicants can apply to study modules in a variety of subjects which suit their interests. The following subjects can be studied as an upskilling course. Not all subjects are offered every year.

  • Computer Science or Information Technology
  • English
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Anthropology


Please note that all dates given are provisional


Teaching format

Each module runs over a 12-week semester, with one class per week, delivered in the evenings between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. As an upskilling student, you will join our MA Combined Studies degree classes.

Teaching in each module varies slightly depending on the content, but most take the form of a combined lecture and tutorial. Modules in science subjects may also include lab work.

Most classes involve a combination of group work and discussion, but also involve individual study outside of the class times to prepare for future classes and enhance your subject knowledge. 

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team with expertise and knowledge in their subject. 

The University’s Student Services team can help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities, long term medical conditions or learning disabilities. More information can be found on the students with disabilities web page.


Almost all of the modules are assessed by a balanced combination of coursework and class tests.

The exact breakdown of the assessment method will vary between subjects and modules.


Tuition fees for September 2024 entry

Tuition fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis dependent on your fee status and the number of credits taken. For example, in the academic year 2023-2024, a Home Fee student would pay £303 per 20 credits studied. Please see the fees table for further information.

More information on tuition fees can be found on the undergraduate fees and funding webpage.

If you have any questions about fees, please contact the Lifelong Learning team at



Study support

At the University of St Andrews we understand that some new students may have had a significant break from studies before beginning an upskilling course. To help you feel confident in studying at university level, we offer pre-sessional Study Skills workshops designed specifically for part-time students that run prior to the beginning of each semester.

These workshops will help you prepare for studying by making sure you have the skills you need to make the most of your studies. They are also a great way to meet fellow students on your modules.

Over the course of the Study Skills workshops, you will have the opportunity to develop skills such as:

  • Making quality notes
  • Using the library
  • Citing and referencing
  • Essay writing
  • Using feedback

Student life

As fully matriculated student at the University of St Andrews, you are very welcome to take part in all aspects of student life. The University of St Andrews offers an array of events and opportunities which result in a truly unique student experience. These events, and the choice of over 150 sports clubs and student societies to choose from, ensure a community feel amongst students from first year onwards.

The Lifelong Learning team also aims to hold social events at the end of each semester for part-time students, including a Christmas Party and Graduation Reception.

The town of St Andrews itself has lots to offer. As University buildings are located throughout the town, walking around you encounter ancient and modern buildings, parks and beaches, providing a rich, beautiful backdrop to learning. Find out more about the town of St Andrews.

Find out more about student life at the University of St Andrews.


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Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our admissions policy.

Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online.

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online.