Academic support

What support is there for students new to University?

Is there training on how to reserach essays?

How can I learn how to use the library?

Will I be taught how to do statistics in my course as I’m not very good at maths?

Is there support for me as English is not my first language?

Is there academic support specifically for postgraduate students?

Who will help support me through my degree?

Is there support for students with specific learning needs such as dyslexia?

Who can I talk to when I am worried about my degree, grades or exams?

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Students at St Andrews have the opportunity to build on their study skills as part of a programme of academic support and development.

We offer workshops, courses and programmes based on your needs and experience. These could include practical study skills, advice on the St Andrews award, or a postgraduate-specific skills course.


There is a variety of academic support available for undergraduate students.

As an incoming undergraduate student, you can attend drop-in sessions with an academic adviser. Or, if you prefer, you can have one-on-one sessions.

The University’s mathematics and statistics support service is available if you wish to brush up on maths and statistics skills, even if your main degree is not maths based. A number of academic schools also have their own programmes of academic skills workshops in place, led by experienced postgraduates.

You will also have the opportunity to work towards your St Andrews Award, and to attend professional skills courses, which aim to help you as you move into your chosen career.


There are a number of specific skills courses on offer for postgraduate students.

If you are an incoming postgraduate student studying a taught course, you have the opportunity to undertake the MSkills programme, designed specifically for students studying a Masters degree.

If you’re planning on coming to St Andrews for a postgraduate research programme, you may wish to take the GRADskills programme which is aimed at PhD students.

All postgraduate students may also make use of the University’s mathematics and statistics support service, and have the opportunity to work with an academic skills tutor in both drop-in sessions and one-on-one workshops.