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This programme delivers specialist study of computer science at an advanced, research-led level. Read more

MSc in Advanced Computer Science

This programme delivers specialist study of computer science at an advanced, research-led level. You have the opportunity to develop and use a range of specialised research skills and methods, and engage directly with advanced topics including, for example, artificial intelligence, networks and distributed systems and software engineering. You also formulate and execute a significant investigative project in order to consolidate and extend your specialist knowledge and critical thinking.

All MSc students take a Core Skills module, covering essential academic skills. Students taking the specialist Computer Science or HCI degrees also take an Object-Oriented Programming module, to provide a common practical foundation for coursework in the modules that follow. Students on specialist degree programmes take a number of designated modules appropriate to the particular field. With careful module choice, it is sometimes possible to keep open several different specialist options until the second semester.

During the final three months of the course, you undertake an extended project agreed with staff, culminating in writing a substantial individual dissertation. Students on specialist degrees undertake a project in the chosen area.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/taught/

Careers

Taught postgraduate degrees in Computer Science produce graduates who are well equipped to pursue careers at the forefront of technology. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of global, commercial, financial and research institutions, including: Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Royal Bank of Scotland, Skyscanner, Avaloq, Amadeus, Amazon, Atlas, Avaloq, Barclays, BP, BT, Capricorn Ventis, FactSet, Hailo, Hitachi Data System, Microsoft, OpenBet and Symantec. We also have a number of students who have stayed on to study for a PhD in the School.

Features

* You will be part of a cohort of around 60 taught postgraduate students admitted every year who enjoy many opportunities to work and socialise together.

* You will benefit from the School’s emphasis on excellence in both teaching and research. You will learn and study in our two adjacent purpose-built buildings, in daily contact with our 50+ academic and research staff, as well as undergraduate and research students. Larger lectures take place in nearby science buildings.

* You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods in addition to traditional lectures, with an emphasis on personal and small group teaching.

* You will have 24-hour access to well equipped laboratories, including high-speed wireless Internet access throughout.

* You will have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond your lecture courses by attending the departmental seminar series and distinguished lecture programme and the dedicated Systems and Human Computer Interaction seminar series.

* You will be a part of SICSA, the Scottish Information and Computer Science Alliance, of which St Andrews is a founding partner, giving access to specialised events and training and expert staff at all of Scotland’s universities.

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Aimed at individuals with a good degree containing quantitative elements, who wish to gain statistical data analysis skills relevant to business, commerce and other applications. Read more

MSc in Applied Statistics and Datamining

• Aimed at individuals with a good degree containing quantitative elements, who wish to gain statistical data analysis skills relevant to business, commerce and other applications.

• Preparation for commercial data analysis.
• A commercially relevant programme of study that has content aligned with the requirements of partners in the commercial analysis sector.

• Strongly applied bias, with an emphasis on application in the commercial sector.

• Dissertation topics are generated in part by our commercial partners.

• Teaching includes widespread commercial software packages e.g. SAS, SPSS, along with popular open-source tools e.g. R.

• Teaching consists of a mixture of short, intense courses with a large proportion of continuous assessment and more traditional lecture courses with end of semester exams.

• A graduate from this programme would be seeking employment as an analyst within a company, research body, government, or as a statistical consultant.

Features

* Opportunities to work closely, and undertake project work, within a research group.

* Access to a wide range of advanced MMath courses across the entire spectrum of Mathematics and Statistics.

* The School is well equipped with personal computers and laptops, a parallel computer and an on-site library, and has attracted substantial amounts of external funding.

Careers

Our graduates hold positions at leading universities or companies in areas as diverse as business administration, computer science and modelling, fisheries laboratories and pure mathematics. In short, a postgraduate degree in mathematics or statistics from St Andrews opens the way for a variety of careers.
Our recent graduates at Masters and Doctoral level have, amongst other things:
• Moved on to postdoctoral studies.
• Joined the academic staff of leading UK and international universities.
• Found highly-paid positions in analysing futures/finance for large consulting firms and major financial institutions, for example: Scottish and Southern Energy, RBS, Capital One, Aquila Insight, Aviva, PwC, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Tesco Bank.
• Found rewarding and challenging positions in the computer industry.
• Found academically rewarding positions and careers in government agencies, including, for example, GCHQ.
• Joined government and non-governmental organisations to advise wildlife and conservation managers, including, for example, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
• Improved their mathematics qualifications, hence enhancing their positions and prospects in the secondary and tertiary education sectors.

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The University of St Andrews Artificial Intelligence MSc is a taught postgraduate degree offering full-time and part-time study pathways. Read more

The University of St Andrews Artificial Intelligence MSc is a taught postgraduate degree offering full-time and part-time study pathways.

Students complete a selection of compulsory and optional modules, followed by a research project and 15,000 word dissertation.

MSc in Artificial Intelligence

This programme has similar high-level outcomes to Advanced Computer Science, while offering the opportunity to focus on topics in Artificial Intelligence, including for example, logic, constraint programming, language processing, machine learning and neural networks.

In semester 1 students take Artificial Intelligence Principles and Artificial Intelligence Practice, followed by either Constraint Programming or Language and Computation in semester 2. Other modules can be selected from the general MSc portfolio.

All MSc students take a Core Skills module, covering essential academic skills. Students taking the specialist Computer Science or HCI degrees also take an Object-Oriented Programming module, to provide a common practical foundation for coursework in the modules that follow. Students on specialist degree programmes take a number of designated modules appropriate to the particular field. With careful module choice, it is sometimes possible to keep open several different specialist options until the second semester.

During the final three months of the course, you undertake an extended project agreed with staff, culminating in writing a substantial individual dissertation. Students on specialist degrees undertake a project in the chosen area.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/taught/

Careers

Taught postgraduate degrees in Computer Science produce graduates who are well equipped to pursue careers at the forefront of technology. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of global, commercial, financial and research institutions, including: Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Royal Bank of Scotland, Skyscanner, Avaloq, Amadeus, Amazon, Atlas, Avaloq, Barclays, BP, BT, Capricorn Ventis, FactSet, Hailo, Hitachi Data System, Microsoft, OpenBet and Symantec. We also have a number of students who have stayed on to study for a PhD in the School.

Features

* You will be part of a cohort of around 60 taught postgraduate students admitted every year who enjoy many opportunities to work and socialise together.

* You will benefit from the School’s emphasis on excellence in both teaching and research. You will learn and study in our two adjacent purpose-built buildings, in daily contact with our 50+ academic and research staff, as well as undergraduate and research students. Larger lectures take place in nearby science buildings.

* You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods in addition to traditional lectures, with an emphasis on personal and small group teaching.

* You will have 24-hour access to well equipped laboratories, including high-speed wireless Internet access throughout.

* You will have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond your lecture courses by attending the departmental seminar series and distinguished lecture programme and the dedicated Systems and Human Computer Interaction seminar series.

* You will be a part of SICSA, the Scottish Information and Computer Science Alliance, of which St Andrews is a founding partner, giving access to specialised events and training and expert staff at all of Scotland’s universities.

Application deadline

While there is no firm deadline for MSc applications, we strongly recommend that you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or a visa. To maintain staff-student ratios, the School reserves the right to stop accepting applications once the programme is full.

Application requirements

  • CV
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • two signed academic references
  • English language requirements certificate
  • letter of intent (optional).

Funding

The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Artificial Intelligence MSc at The University of St Andrews.

UK postgraduate loans:

Erasmus funding:

Erasmus Masters Loans – Offering up to €18,000 for eligible students to study a Masters abroad.

Funding from FindAMasters:

FindAMasters Scholarships – Offering up to £5,000 to new UK, EU and international postgraduates. 



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This MSc programme is designed for those students and professionals who have a degree in Chemistry or an allied subject. The course is broadly based with flexibility for you to choose from a wide range of modules. Read more
This MSc programme is designed for those students and professionals who have a degree in Chemistry or an allied subject.

The course is broadly based with flexibility for you to choose from a wide range of modules. Educational aims of the programme include introducing modern chemical science concepts and techniques, exploring further advanced research led topics through a range of optional modules and to equip you with a range of analytical, critical, and communication skills. A key aspect of the programme is undertaking a significant research project for your dissertation. Through this research project you are able to develop skills in one of
many areas aligned with the research interests of the School of Chemistry; for example catalysis, surface science, energy materials, chemical biology, synthetic chemistry or structural chemistry.

Facilities

The Purdie Building, the adjoining Biomolecular Sciences building and the brand-new Biomedical Sciences Research complex offer excellent accommodation and facilities for teaching and research in some of the most modern and well equipped laboratories in the UK.

The School has major facilities across the full spectrum of Chemistry, including NMR (both solution and solidstate), X-ray crystallography (single-crystal, powder and macromolecular), electron microscopy, catalyst evaluation, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, computational chemistry and surface science, together with all the standard chemical evaluation techniques.

The School of Chemistry also houses its own reading room containing all of the major books required for postgraduate research work. Comprehensive online access to journals and national and international databases is available. Taught postgraduate students are allocated working and write-up space within their respective research groups.

Careers

Chemistry graduates have gone on to successful careers in the chemical industry with companies such as BP, Shell, Johnson Matthey, Siemens and the pharmaceutical industry e.g. GSK, Pfizer, AstraZeneca. Many also continue in academic life, pursuing a research-based PhD in universities or research institutions in the UK, Europe, North America, Japan and others worldwide. Other career routes outwith a research environment include scientific publishing, patent law, forensic science, and IT and energy consultancy.

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This programme provides you with an advanced understanding of Computing and Information Technology. You will develop a critical understanding of the issues associated with using computing systems and their impact on business processes and project management. Read more

MSc in Computing and Information Technology

This programme provides you with an advanced understanding of Computing and Information Technology. You will develop a critical understanding of the issues associated with using computing systems and their impact on business processes and project management. As well as developing an appreciation of theoretical and research aspects in the field, you acquire practical and evaluative skills in using computing technologies, and developing and maintaining computing systems. The programme also provides the opportunity to develop programming skills, allowing the possibility of undertaking a programming-related dissertation project.

All MSc students take a Core Skills module, covering essential academic skills. Students taking the specialist Computer Science or HCI degrees also take an Object-Oriented Programming module, to provide a common practical foundation for coursework in the modules that follow. Students on specialist degree programmes take a number of designated modules appropriate to the particular field. With careful module choice, it is sometimes possible to keep open several different specialist options until the second semester.

During the final three months of the course, you undertake an extended project agreed with staff, culminating in writing a substantial individual dissertation. Students on specialist degrees undertake a project in the chosen area.

Careers

Taught postgraduate degrees in Computer Science produce graduates who are well equipped to pursue careers at the forefront of technology. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of global, commercial, financial and research institutions, including: Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Royal Bank of Scotland, Skyscanner, Avaloq, Amadeus, Amazon, Atlas, Avaloq, Barclays, BP, BT, Capricorn Ventis, FactSet, Hailo, Hitachi Data System, Microsoft, OpenBet and Symantec. We also have a number of students who have stayed on to study for a PhD in the School.

For up-to-date scholarship information, see: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/taught/

Features

* You will be part of a cohort of around 60 taught postgraduate students admitted every year who enjoy many opportunities to work and socialise together.

* You will benefit from the School’s emphasis on excellence in both teaching and research. You will learn and study in our two adjacent purpose-built buildings, in daily contact with our 50+ academic and research staff, as well as undergraduate and research students. Larger lectures take place in nearby science buildings.

* You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods in addition to traditional lectures, with an emphasis on personal and small group teaching.

* You will have 24-hour access to well equipped laboratories, including high-speed wireless Internet access throughout.

* You will have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond your lecture courses by attending the departmental seminar series and distinguished lecture programme and the dedicated Systems and Human Computer Interaction seminar series.

* You will be a part of SICSA, the Scottish Information and Computer Science Alliance, of which St Andrews is a founding partner, giving access to specialised events and training and expert staff at all of Scotland’s universities.

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The MSc in Data-Intensive Analysis is an interdisciplinary course providing students with an understanding of how data is used to gain useful insights in all areas of scientific endeavour. Read more

MSc Data Intensive Analysis

The MSc in Data-Intensive Analysis is an interdisciplinary course providing students with an understanding of how data is used to gain useful insights in all areas of scientific endeavour. The programme has a substantive statistical component – both theory and practice – allied to computational data science and visualisation.

Course information

- The course develops develops practical skills in derivation, validation and deployment of predictive models based on collected data, and provides training in the use of industry- and research-standard technologies and techniques-.
- Students undertake a significant project including a wide-ranging investigation leading to their dissertation, which enables them to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking.
- Students have 24-hour access to modern computing laboratories, provisioned with dual-screen PC workstations and group-working facilities.

The MSc in Data-Intensive Analysis is a one-year taught programme run collaboratively by the Schools of Computer Science and Mathematics and Statistics. The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August.

The taught part of this MSc programme includes five compulsory modules in statistics and data analysis, plus a choice of two from four modules in Computer Science. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. Most modules are assessed through practical coursework exercises and examinations. Class sizes typically range from 10 to 50 students.

All students are assigned an advisor who meets with them at the start of the year to discuss module choices and is available to assist with any academic difficulties during the year. A designated member of staff provides close supervision for the MSc project and dissertation.

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You need an undergraduate knowledge of economics, finance, mathematics or statistics. Read more

MSc in Economics

• You need an undergraduate knowledge of economics, finance, mathematics or statistics.
• The new focus of the programme in Economics is to provide a self-contained, rigorous but relevant learning experience that prepares students either to start employment at a senior level in a wide variety of economics-related activities or to pursue further research.
• Advanced rigorous training in essential elements of an economics Masters degree (macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics) is combined with a very wide variety of applications, all taught in very small groups (6 - 12 students).
• Students wishing to pursue a PhD programme will have a bespoke study plan, with the direct supervision of a member of staff with expertise in the student’s specific chosen field.

See the website http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/taught-programmes/economics/

Features

* An academic team of 30 composed of world-leading specialists in Behavioural Economics, Decision Theory, Econometrics, Development, Growth, Finance, International Economics, Monetary Policy, and Strategy.

* You will enhance your analytical and decision-making abilities through training in problem solving, specifically through the use of quantitative and model-based methods of analysis.

* Dissertations are supervised on an individual basis by members of staff with internationally recognised expertise.

* Regular seminars and workshops bring you into contact with cutting edge research.

* Entry is competitive and entrance standards are high.

* These qualifications have taken previous students to a wide range of career opportunities across the globe.

Economics and finance are broad and important research fields linking almost all aspects of human activity: running a business, purchasing stocks and bonds, managing a charity, taking on a job, getting married, regulating an industry, administering a loan and so on. Despite this diversity the key concept is simple: economic agents act in pursuit of their own interests and this simple and unifying concept can be rigorously applied in many areas of research. These extend from core areas like macroeconomics, the business enterprise, and household behaviour, to areas such as innovation, taxation, the environment, quality of life, financial markets, the business cycle and inflation.

Economics and finance is expanding and changing at St Andrews and we have recently welcomed a number of new lecturing staff adding to our cosmopolitan staff. We bring understanding and excitement from the latest cutting-edge research into the teaching of all our postgraduate degree programmes. Our emphasis on smaller group teaching allows a high level of interaction between both students and teachers, encouraging a warm and friendly learning environment. We also offer an opportunity for our postgraduates to engage with our enthusiastic undergraduates via the School’s tutorial system. We encourage our postgraduates to take a full part in our guest lecturer seminar series and to attend international events, so broadening their interests and enabling exploration of the
widest application of economic theories.

Location

St Andrews has a tradition in economics and finance dating back over one hundred years.The School of Economics & Finance is located in Castlecliffe, a beautiful Edwardian mansion on The Scores, overlooking the delightful St Andrews Bay. Many of our students enjoy the rural pursuits on our doorstep with the opportunity to venture out to the mountains and even ski in the Cairngorms in the winter months.

Teaching

Our modules are delivered through traditional lectures and supported by a combination of tutorials, seminars or computer laboratory work, as appropriate. Choosing your individual syllabus is important and is done in personal consultation with your course director. You will be assessed by both continuous assessment and examinations, with exams held at the end of each semester. Students who complete the taught component, but not the dissertation, are eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Each module typically has 20 lecture contact hours, and four seminar/ workshop/ tutorial contact hours (there is some variation by specific module design). Assessment is typically 50% by continuous assessment and 50% by two-hour examination (there is some variation in format by module design). Intensive independent study is expected of all students.

Careers

There is a long-standing tradition of our graduates working in a wide variety of challenging and rewarding posts, in economics, finance, commerce, insurance, industry, academia, diplomatic service, and banking. They work in the UK, Europe, and North America, and more frequently in locations such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand.

Some more widely recognised graduates in Economics and Finance from St Andrews have included: Professor Sir Alan Peacock, Professor Ian Wooton, Professor Grant Baird, Professor Sheila Dow, Alex Pratt OBE, Alex Salmond former First Minister.

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Marine environments are treated as integrated systems, exploring the interconnections between the physical environment, biodiversity and the impact of human activity and resource use. Read more
Marine environments are treated as integrated systems, exploring the interconnections between the physical environment, biodiversity and the impact of human activity and resource use. This holistic approach achieves a superior understanding of ecosystem goods-and-services and how to protect and manage marine systems.

The programme is jointly organised and delivered by two internationally renowned organisations: the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) at the University of St Andrews and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) on the west coast of Scotland near Oban.

The programme provides intensive expert tuition in the ecology and management of marine systems with a strong practical and research basis. Laboratory and practical fieldwork takes place at field stations in the UK, and includes the use of the SAMS research vessel MV Calanus. Students learn to use models and protocols to assess ecosystem health and the socioeconomic status of marine systems.

The first semester taught component of the programme is delivered at SOI in St Andrews, with the second semester delivered at SAMS in Oban on the west coast of Scotland (with options of a polar field course in Antarctica or a tropical scientific diving course in Indonesia).

Research Project (dissertation)

From May to August, students focus solely on their research project leading to the submission of a dissertation. Assessment for this part of the course contributes one third of the total mark for the MSc. The topic and plan for the project will be developed by the student in collaboration with one or more academic supervisors at SAMS or at St Andrews.

Additional Entry Requirements

Proof of satisfactory English Language competence for applicants whose first language is not English (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Proficiency Exam). Students must be able to communicate their ideas effectively in writing, in discussions and presentations. Please see the University of St Andrews list of minimum language requirements for postgraduate study http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/ . Note that additional requirements may apply depending on the test taken, e.g. IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each paper.

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This programme is part of a two-year degree delivered in collaboration with the National University of Ireland Maynooth and Université de Lorraine Nancy. Read more

Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Engineering

This programme is part of a two-year degree delivered in collaboration with the National University of Ireland Maynooth and Université de Lorraine Nancy. It provides graduates with knowledge, skill and in-depth technical understanding of the key concepts required to design and build dependable software systems. This is achieved by bringing together the theory and practice of software development and, in particular, through participation in research-driven and commercially relevant projects. The programme aims to equip graduates with a solid grounding in the logical reasoning and problem-solving skills needed for a career in the software industry.

All MSc students take a Core Skills module, covering essential academic skills. Students taking the specialist Computer Science or HCI degrees also take an Object-Oriented Programming module, to provide a common practical foundation for coursework in the modules that follow. Students on specialist degree programmes take a number of designated modules appropriate to the particular field. With careful module choice, it is sometimes possible to keep open several different specialist options until the second semester.

During the final three months of the course, you undertake an extended project agreed with staff, culminating in writing a substantial individual dissertation. Students on specialist degrees undertake a project in the chosen area.

Careers

Taught postgraduate degrees in Computer Science produce graduates who are well equipped to pursue careers at the forefront of technology. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of global, commercial, financial and research institutions, including: Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Royal Bank of Scotland, Skyscanner, Avaloq, Amadeus, Amazon, Atlas, Avaloq, Barclays, BP, BT, Capricorn Ventis, FactSet, Hailo, Hitachi Data System, Microsoft, OpenBet and Symantec. We also have a number of students who have stayed on to study for a PhD in the School.

For up-to-date scholarship information, see: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/taught/

Features

* You will be part of a cohort of around 60 taught postgraduate students admitted every year who enjoy many opportunities to work and socialise together.

* You will benefit from the School’s emphasis on excellence in both teaching and research. You will learn and study in our two adjacent purpose-built buildings, in daily contact with our 50+ academic and research staff, as well as undergraduate and research students. Larger lectures take place in nearby science buildings.

* You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods in addition to traditional lectures, with an emphasis on personal and small group teaching.

* You will have 24-hour access to well equipped laboratories, including high-speed wireless Internet access throughout.

* You will have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond your lecture courses by attending the departmental seminar series and distinguished lecture programme and the dedicated Systems and Human Computer Interaction seminar series.

* You will be a part of SICSA, the Scottish Information and Computer Science Alliance, of which St Andrews is a founding partner, giving access to specialised events and training and expert staff at all of Scotland’s universities.

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Suitable for highly capable students wishing to pursue a research career in evolutionary psychology or related field. Advanced research training in a range of intellectual and practical skills associated with evolutionary and comparative approaches to the study of mind. Read more

MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology: The Origins of Mind

• Suitable for highly capable students wishing to pursue a research career in evolutionary psychology or related field.

• Advanced research training in a range of intellectual and practical skills associated with evolutionary and comparative approaches to the study of mind.

• Gain a detailed knowledge of the evolutionary and comparative literature and principal theoretical and methodological issues in this field.

• Gain the statistical and methodological skills necessary to undertake research in evolutionary psychology.

• This distinctive programme tackles fundamental issues associated with the origins of human cognition via a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches.

Features

* The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has 42 full-time academic staff, 9 technical staff, 72 research postgraduates, 18 postdoctoral researchers and 54 taught postgraduate students.

* The School has an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research and has some of the best psychological laboratory facilities in the UK. The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has consistently been ranked one of the best research departments in the UK.

* The breadth and variety of psychology and neuroscience taught in the School are particular strengths with significant opportunities to collaborate and benefit from a range of techniques applied to understanding the behaviour of humans and animals.

* Considerable contact time with researchers occurs via tutorials and research project supervision’.

Postgraduate community

The School’s size promotes a friendly atmosphere with a crossflow of ideas while providing the depth and breadth necessary to pursue major scientific programmes at an international level. We have active links with other Schools and Departments within the University, with other Scottish universities and with research institutions outside the UK.

We have a large and thriving community of research staff and postgraduate students. We believe that good teaching and good research go hand-in-hand and we take pride in our research-based culture of teaching.

Facilities

We are equipped with modern technology to perform virtually all aspects of psychological research. Facilities include laboratories in neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, psychophysics, animal learning and cognition, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology. We have extensive computing facilities for both online control of experiments and offline analysis of data.

Careers

We see postgraduate study as part of your long-term career development. Alongside the University’s Careers Centre (see page 26), we offer advice and support in planning your career. The School provides opportunities to gain experience of working in an academic context, by being involved in tutorials, laboratory classes and other aspects of academic work.

The vast majority of our postgraduates have gained postdoctoral and lecturing positions in universities across the world while others have jobs in healthcare (as researchers and clinicians), wildlife conservation, information technology and management services.

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You need an undergraduate knowledge of economics, finance and statistics. You will learn the research methods used in modern corporate finance in order to understand the relevance of corporate finance theory in an applied work setting. Read more

MSc in Finance

• You need an undergraduate knowledge of economics, finance and statistics.
• You will learn the research methods used in modern corporate finance in order to understand the relevance of corporate finance theory in an applied work setting.
• Case study approach in core modules helps develop analytical skills that can be used in everyday financial management applications.
• Obtain transferable technical skills in empirical financial modelling in small classes (between 20-25 students at lectures).
• Become knowledgeable about the functioning and rationale of leading financial institutions both in the UK and abroad.
• Pursue advanced studies in finance and cognate areas, allied to our strong tradition of our graduates working in the financial community.
• Recent career destinations of graduates include financial accounting, commercial banking, merchant banking, fund management, financial services, and further degree studies.

Features

* An academic team of 30 composed of world-leading specialists in Behavioural Economics, Decision Theory, Econometrics, Development, Growth, Finance, International Economics, Monetary Policy, and Strategy.

* You will enhance your analytical and decision-making abilities through training in problem solving, specifically through the use of quantitative and model-based methods of analysis.

* Dissertations are supervised on an individual basis by members of staff with internationally recognised expertise.

* Regular seminars and workshops bring you into contact with cutting edge research.

* Entry is competitive and entrance standards are high.

* These qualifications have taken previous students to a wide range of career opportunities across the globe.

Economics and finance are broad and important research fields linking almost all aspects of human activity: running a business, purchasing stocks and bonds, managing a charity, taking on a job, getting married, regulating an industry, administering a loan and so on. Despite this diversity the key concept is simple: economic agents act in pursuit of their own interests and this simple and unifying concept can be rigorously applied in many areas of research. These extend from core areas like macroeconomics, the business enterprise, and household behaviour, to areas such as innovation, taxation, the environment, quality of life, financial markets, the business cycle and inflation.

Economics and finance is expanding and changing at St Andrews and we have recently welcomed a number of new lecturing staff adding to our cosmopolitan staff. We bring understanding and excitement from the latest cutting-edge research into the teaching of all our postgraduate degree programmes. Our emphasis on smaller group teaching allows a high level of interaction between both students and teachers, encouraging a warm and friendly learning environment. We also offer an opportunity for our postgraduates to engage with our enthusiastic undergraduates via the School’s tutorial system. We encourage our postgraduates to take a full part in our guest lecturer seminar series and to attend international events, so broadening their interests and enabling exploration of the
widest application of economic theories.

Location

St Andrews has a tradition in economics and finance dating back over one hundred years.The School of Economics & Finance is located in Castlecliffe, a beautiful Edwardian mansion on The Scores, overlooking the delightful St Andrews Bay. Many of our students enjoy the rural pursuits on our doorstep with the opportunity to venture out to the mountains and even ski in the Cairngorms in the winter months.

Teaching

Our modules are delivered through traditional lectures and supported by a combination of tutorials, seminars or computer laboratory work, as appropriate. Choosing your individual syllabus is important and is done in personal consultation with your course director. You will be assessed by both continuous assessment and examinations, with exams held at the end of each semester. Students who complete the taught component, but not the dissertation, are eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Each module typically has 20 lecture contact hours, and four seminar/ workshop/ tutorial contact hours (there is some variation by specific module design). Assessment is typically 50% by continuous assessment and 50% by two-hour examination (there is some variation in format by module design). Intensive independent study is expected of all students.

Careers

There is a long-standing tradition of our graduates working in a wide variety of challenging and rewarding posts, in economics, finance, commerce, insurance, industry, academia, diplomatic service, and banking. They work in the UK, Europe, and North America, and more frequently in locations such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand.

Some more widely recognised graduates in Economics and Finance from St Andrews have included: Professor Sir Alan Peacock, Professor Ian Wooton, Professor Grant Baird, Professor Sheila Dow, Alex Pratt OBE, Alex Salmond former First Minister.

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The MSc in Finance and Economics is a 12 month taught programme. This course is to prepare students for jobs at a senior level in a wide variety of areas. Read more
The MSc in Finance and Economics is a 12 month taught programme. This course is to prepare students for jobs at a senior level in a wide variety of areas: economics, finance, commerce, insurance, academia, diplomatic service and banking.
The course incorporates traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars and computer lab work as well as a 15,000 word dissertation. The first two semesters are taught modules with the third semester focusing on your dissertation. In the first semester there are two compulsory modules; “Econometrics Methods and application: advanced level training in econometric methods” and “Investment analysis: investment value analysis, risk and return”. Alongside these courses one of the following must also be taken; “Macroeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern macroeconomics” or “Microeconomics: advanced treatment of the core models and concepts used in modern microeconomics”.
In the second semester, students are only required to take one compulsory module, “Corporate Finance: the relationship between corporate liabilities and corporate actions” and a choice of two different modules ranging from “Monetary Policy: key issues in monetary policy” to “Risk Management: classical techniques in risk and insurance”.
Your third semester focuses on your 15,000 word dissertation based on a subject within finance and economics that you are interested in, chosen either from a list of topics or developed with your supervisor who will support you through the process. The supervisors you will be working with have helped to make the School tenth in the UK and second in Scotland in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework. So you will be learning from and working alongside academics who are creating world-leading research.
Any student who is awarded the MSc with distinction is automatically offered a place in our PhD programme will develop a bespoke study plan in consultation with an expert member of staff.

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MSc in Geochemistry

Geochemistry is at the heart of earth sciences, and provides the techniques and knowledge that allow us to solve such fundamental questions as: how did life evolve; what was the chemistry of ancient atmospheres and oceans; how do we understand the rates and drivers of past and current climate change? It is the forensic part of earth science and the types of research questions are diverse and unlimited. This taught MSc degree provides postgraduate-level knowledge and skills training in geochemistry and modern geochemical methods. The course is aimed at providing high levels of practical laboratory skills training and extensive experience with state-ofthe-art equipment. This comprehensive and rigorous training is relevant preparation for a PhD in geochemistry by incorporating a lab-based research dissertation, and also for employment in industry through incorporation of economic and environmental geochemistry modules. Core training and subject modules are provided by staff in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences and the School of Chemistry.

Features

The University of St Andrews, as a small institution with a strong unified academic community, is exceptionally well placed to offer students the benefits of interdisciplinary studies. In the contemporary complex world students need to be prepared to call upon a strong background incorporating skills and a wider academic knowledge which crosses the boundaries of the traditional subject silos. Students taking one of our interdisciplinary degrees can be exposed to excellent academic researchers at the forefront of their discipline and will benefit from the rich dialogue that results from a diverse postgraduate class setting.

Graduates from these programmes can expect to have developed effective communication skills, intercultural understanding and the ability to critically analyse information to solve complex interdisciplinary problems. These strengths are valued by future employers and are equally valuable to those wishing to pursue a research career with an interdisciplinary aspect.

* Unique opportunities to study interdisciplinary subjects in an environment where academics regularly exchange ideas and develop interdisciplinary debate through a vibrant and active seminar, workshop and conference programme.

* An excellent Special Collections library resource.

* Our teaching arises from a foundation of world-class research.

* In our historic town, the academic disciplines are nestled side-by-side stimulating a thriving environment of intellectual discussion between postgraduates, undergraduates and academic staff.

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Geochemistry is at the heart of earth sciences, and provides the techniques and knowledge that allow scientists to answer such fundamental questions as. Read more

MSc in Geochemistry

Geochemistry is at the heart of earth sciences, and provides the techniques and knowledge that allow scientists to answer such fundamental questions as: how has the mantle evolved through time, was there ever life on Mars, what was the chemistry of Earth’s and Mars’ ancient atmospheres, and what are the rates and drivers of past and current climate change on Earth? Geochemistry has widespread applications to understanding and solving contemporary problems in Earth surface chemistry, such as pollution of soils and water or rates of ocean acidification. It is a forensic part of Earth science and is used to address questions that are both diverse and profound.

The St Andrews MSc in Geochemistry delivers postgraduate level knowledge and skills training in geochemistry and modern geochemical methods, involving extensive hands-on laboratory training and experience with state-of-the-art equipment. This comprehensive and rigorous course is relevant preparation for pursuing a PhD in geochemistry by incorporating a lab-based research dissertation, as well as employment in industry through incorporation of economic and environmental geochemistry
modules. Staff in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences and the School of Chemistry contribute to the core laboratory training and teaching within subject modules.

Features

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences has 20 full-time academics, 8 research fellows and 4 technical staff members, with a student population of about 170. We have a wide range of expertise in the field of geochemistry underpinned by new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities developed as a result of the recent appointment of early career academics over the past five years. Geochemistry research spans investigations into the origins of life, evolution of the Earth and other terrestrial planets, composition of
oceans, rivers and atmospheres, and the pulse of past and current climate change.

Postgraduate community

A dynamic and research-intensive atmosphere is encouraged and supportive of all students. The size of our Department engenders cohesive and friendly collaborations between staff, postdoctoral research fellows and postgraduate students, and co-authored papers are routinely published in the top journals for geochemistry, such as Nature, Nature Geoscience, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta and Science. We are part of the ‘IAPETUS’ NERC Doctoral Training programme, along with the universities of Durham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Stirling, and the British Geological Survey.

Facilities

The Department houses state-of-the-art stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry and geobiology laboratories, including culturing facilities for corals and microbes. Our research equipment includes five high-precision isotope mass spectrometers (two MAT 253s, two Nu Plasma, and one Neptune Plus installed in 2015), two Class 100 clean labs, an XSeries quadropole ICP-MS, ICP-OES, and a Finnegan Delta Plus XP gas source mass spectrometer. All materials, and particularly gases, liquids, minerals, rocks, organisms, and soils, can be analysed for isotopes and major and trace elements within research projects that cover the breadth of earth and environmental science. We host an experimental petrology facility capable of simulating conditions from the mid-crust to upper mantle (pressures of between 0.5-4.5 GPa and 300- 2000°C). A range of spectroscopic, SEM, electron microprobe and X-ray diffraction and fluorescence techniques are also part of our analytical facilities.

Careers

The range of research areas and applications of geochemistry is so broad that career opportunities span the whole of earth and environmental sciences. Geochemists are employed in the energy sector (hydrocarbon industries, petrochemicals, nuclear and renewables), in mining and mineral exploration, extraction and processing, and in environmental industries and agencies focused on pollution monitoring and environmental remediation. Masters-level training in geochemistry would provide a suitable platform for a career in materials science outside of earth and environmental sciences specifically. MSc Geochemistry graduates are also in demand as specialised research technicians in academic institutes worldwide and as PhD students in geochemistry-focused research.

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The opportunity to learn from world-leading practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines in health and social science. Read more

MSc in Global Health Implementation

• The opportunity to learn from world-leading practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines in health and social science.

• Focus on development of necessary knowledge and generic and specific skills in preparation for roles in policy, practice, or academia.

• Developed by the School of Medicine in collaboration with the Schools of Management and Geography & Geosciences. The programme now includes contributions from International Relations and Psychology & Neuroscience as well.

Features

The University of St Andrews, as a small institution with a strong unified academic community, is exceptionally well placed to offer students the benefits of interdisciplinary studies. In the contemporary complex world students need to be prepared to call upon a strong background incorporating skills and a wider academic knowledge which crosses the boundaries of the traditional subject silos. Students taking one of our interdisciplinary degrees can be exposed to excellent academic researchers at the forefront of their discipline and will benefit from the rich dialogue that results from a diverse postgraduate class setting.

Graduates from these programmes can expect to have developed effective communication skills, intercultural understanding and the ability to critically analyse information to solve complex interdisciplinary problems. These strengths are valued by future employers and are equally valuable to those wishing to pursue a research career with an interdisciplinary aspect.

* Unique opportunities to study interdisciplinary subjects in an environment where academics regularly exchange ideas and develop interdisciplinary debate through a vibrant and active seminar, workshop and conference programme.

* An excellent Special Collections library resource.

* Our teaching arises from a foundation of world-class research.

* In our historic town, the academic disciplines are nestled side-by-side stimulating a thriving environment of intellectual discussion between postgraduates, undergraduates and academic staff.

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