Learn the science behind how the brain and the nervous system work, focusing on the scientific understanding of the nervous system from genes to behaviour.

Explore topics such as the neural control of movement, neuropharmacology and disorders of the nervous system, such as motorneuron disease (ALS) and dementia.

At St Andrews, you will gain an understanding of neuroscience from the level of single proteins to higher brain functions such as memory formation and cognitive processing. You will also have access to state-of-the-art facilities to learn crucial lab skills and gain hands-on experience running your own experiments.

Two students at microscopes.


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience offers PhD and MSc (by research) programmes. Research in psychology and neuroscience typically fall into one of four key themes:

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.

“I have been able to take a breadth of classes, in other Schools too, allowing me to learn a wide range of different skills. The class size is small, so we are personally guided through the course while also being challenged to think independently.”

- County Down, Northern Ireland


First in the UK for Neuroscience

Guardian University Guide 2024

91% of research activity rated 3* or 4*

Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)