From the study of the brain to the complex social interactions of humans and animals, psychology at St Andrews places an emphasis on research-led teaching delivered by leading academics.
Students studying psychology are taught various topics of modern psychology including:
- social interaction and communication.
The School of Psychology and Neuroscience offers PhD and MSc (by research) programmes. Research in psychology typically falls into one of four key themes:
- cellular and developmental neuroscience
- origins of mind
- perception, cognition and action
- social and group processes.
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 psychology
Guardian University Guide 2023
First in Scotland for psychology
The Complete University Guide 2023
91% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of Psychology and Neuroscience
The School of Psychology and Neuroscience at St Andrews bridges the two disciplines through internationally recognised research and teaching. Students in the School become part of an inclusive community that supports equal opportunities and fairness for all. The School promotes a research-based culture of teaching across a wide breadth of psychology and neuroscience topics.
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