University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews


The School admits about 25 PhD students each year. Several of these are BBSRC funded. Any person with a good first degree from a recognised British, British Commonwealth or foreign University can be admitted to postgraduate studies. Students with qualifications equivalent to a degree may also apply for admission. The School of Biology at St Andrews comprises 55 academic staff, 95 postdoctoral researchers and over 100 postgraduate students. You will have the opportunity to undertake a research degree in your chosen subject area within a School where research interests span the breadth of biological science. Interdisciplinary studies are fostered by research centres in co-operation with other university schools.

Entry requirements

A good 1st degree from a recognised UK, or overseas university; references; subject to an interview. All applicants whose 1st language is not English require: a good score in national qualifications in English from most western European countries (e.g. Germany, Sweden, Norway); IELTS 7.0; TOEFL: internet based 100/120; computer-based 250/300; paper-based 580/600; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) (grade C or better); IB HL English (grade 6), or SL English (grade 6) if student was taught through the medium of English; EB English (75%-80%); standard grade 2, or GCSE, or IGCSE (grade C) in English.

Course modules

We offer 3 specific taught programmes at postgraduate level and each of them has specific modules that must be completed in order to complete the qualification. MSc marine mammal science; MSc Ecosystem-based management of marine systems; PG Certificate/PG Dip/MSc Sustainable Aquaculture.

Assessment methods

For the MSc programmes, 9 months of specific coursework and a 15,000-word dissertation is to be completed. PhD students must complete 80,000 words of original research.

Sponsorship information

Research programmes at the school are well funded through a variety of sources: BBSRC; NERC; ESRC; The Leverhulme Trust; The Royal Society; the Scottish Executive; the European Commission. Admits 25 to 30 PhD students each year, many of whom are NERC, or BBSRC funded; research council studentships cover subsistence, and fees, for UK students, and European Union nationals (who have resided in the UK for at least 3 years for education purposes). They cannot be used to support non-European students; limited number of University of St Andrews studentships are available for outstanding candidates from any country, however, in view of the intense competition for these awards, prospective overseas students are strongly advised to seek their own financial support. Also available: entrant accommodation bursary; recent graduate discount; Santander 600 scholarships; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary; Spragge Conservation scholarship.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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