Advice and Guidance for Postgraduates

The University aims to provide a supportive academic and social environment for all postgraduates. However, most postgraduates find that there are times when they need advice and guidance and the University provides a range of support and assistance to help ensure every postgraduate’s experience is successful and fulfilling.


It is very important to start planning and preparing for your post-study career as soon as possible. The University’s Careers Centre is here at every stage to support you in identifying and achieving your career ambitions, and has developed extensive resources and offerings specifically for postgraduate students. 

The Careers Centre can help with many aspects of the career journey, including:

  • exploring your career options and what makes you curious
  • providing personalised advice
  • finding jobs and work experience opportunities
  • preparing for interview and assessment centres
  • supporting you to make applications
  • providing opportunities for you to improve your skills.

Regulations and Policies

All postgraduates must ensure that they are familiar with applicable regulations and policies:

Postgraduates should note that Schools may have additional local/complementary policies which must be followed. Any questions regarding regulations and policies should be raised as soon as possible, for example, with the School’s Director of Postgraduate Studies or Director of Postgraduate Research.

Advice and Support Centre

The Advice and Support Centre is the front door to the University for all postgraduates. If you are ever unsure who to ask for help, get in touch with the Advice and Support Centre.

In addition to its general advice services the Advice and Support Centre also has a dedicated Postgraduate Support Adviser. The Postgraduate Support Adviser is available to discuss any issue that might be affecting your student experience. Visit the Advice and Support Centre website for more information on how to make an appointment.

Students’ Association Services

The Students’ Association offers support through its advocacy service, particularly for education and accommodation issues. Learn more about the services available through the Students’ Association Education Advocate.

The Students’ Association also supports student-led services such as Nightline.

Other Services for Postgraduates

There are a number of other specialist services for postgraduates who need support with academic or personal matters:

For help with …… speak to
student records, changes of registration, changes of circumstancesRegistry
using your University IT account and emailIT Services
developing your academic writing and communication skills if English is not your first languageAcademic English Service
finding and using academic literatureUniversity Library
skills development and trainingCEED
career planning and finding part-time workCareers Centre
finding local accommodation for rentStudentpad
pastoral advice, finding local religious groupsUniversity Chaplaincy
queries about student visaRegistry or Student Services
studying abroadGlobal Office
childcareStudent Services

Contact us

St Leonard's College
The Old Burgh School,
Abbey Walk
St Andrews
KY16 9LB

[email protected]

Phone:+44 (0)1334 46 2003

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