Postgraduate community

St Leonard’s Doctoral and Postgraduate College

St Leonard’s College is at the heart of the postgraduate community of St Andrews. All postgraduates are members of the College, which was originally founded in 1512 as a college for poor clerks of the Church of St Andrews. The head of the College retains the historic title of Provost, and the current Provost is Professor Andy Murphy of the School of English.

The College aims to provide opportunities for postgraduates to come together and make new connections through events such as welcome receptions for new postgraduates, formal dinners, and the annual St Leonard’s College Postgraduate Lectures.

You can find out more about St Leonard's College, including the history of the College, upcoming events, and a range of resources on the St Leonard's College webpages.

Postgraduate society

St Leonard’s College works closely with the Postgraduate Society.

The Postgraduate Society works to represent postgraduate interests within the Students’ Association and the University. All Masters students and research students are automatically enrolled as members of the Postgraduate Society when they join the University. It organises a range of events specifically for postgraduates including formal dinners and balls, pub nights and bonfires on the beach, traditional ceilidhs, and day trips around Scotland.

For more information, take a look at the Postgraduate Society webpages.

Academic community

Postgraduates are encouraged to participate in the wider academic life of the University and to make the most of the intellectual opportunities that St Andrews provides.

The University hosts regular talks and lectures on a range of subjects presented by members of the University’s academic staff and distinguished visiting speakers. Schools and research institutes run their own seminar series and host academic conferences, and there are talks and other events hosted by the University Library and the University’s three museums. There are also talks, concerts, exhibitions, and other events hosted by the Music Centre and the Byre Theatre.