From understanding how molecules and cells work to the study of entire ecosystems, biology at St Andrews covers all aspects of the natural world.
Teaching and research is interdisciplinary, spanning the biological, geographical, and psychological sciences. Biology at St Andrews specialises in:
- animal behaviour
- cell biology
- evolutionary biology
- marine biology
- sustainable development.
The School of Biology offers both PhD and MSc(Res) programmes. Research in biology at St Andrews covers the full spectrum of biological science research, spanning the investigations on the properties and behaviour of individual molecules to planetary environmental dynamics.
To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.
Second in Scotland and fifth in the UK for biology
Guardian University Guide 2023
Second in Scotland for biological sciences
Complete University Guide 2023
84% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of Biology
With purpose-built facilities, the School of Biology at St Andrews is recognised as a world leader. Students are taught by subject experts and get the opportunity to conduct both lab-based and field-based study across Scotland and abroad. School research is diverse and positively impacts on the public, commercial bodies, governments and international organisations.
School of Geography and Sustainable Development
The School of Geography and Sustainable Development studies the Earth’s systems with its landscapes, peoples, places and environments. Teaching and research cover the breadth of the geography discipline, bringing together expertise in the social and natural sciences. Students interested in the biology side of geography and sustainable development may take up modules offered by this School.
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