Taught course

Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology: The Origins of Mind

University of St Andrews · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (minimum UK 2.1) or equivalent from an overseas university.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology provides advanced research training in a range of intellectual and practical skills associated with evolutionary and comparative approaches to the study of the mind.

Course highlights

  • Students gain a detailed knowledge of the evolutionary and comparative literature and principal theoretical and methodological issues in this field.
  • The course equips students with the necessary skills to pursue a research degree at MPhil or PhD level in the area of psychology or to go on to a clinical training programme.
  • Students have the opportunity to undertake independent research at a variety of research centres in the UK and abroad, typically over the summer period.
  • The course is taught by members of the internationally recognised Origins of Mind research group, with additional classes by members of the wider Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution and related academic staff with interests in evolutionary and comparative psychology.

Teaching format

The MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. This distinctive programme tackles fundamental issues associated with the origins of human cognition via a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches.

Over two semesters, students take four compulsory modules and 30 credits of optional module(s). The modules are taught through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Assessment comprises entirely of coursework; there are no exams. On average, class sizes range up to 80 students for lectures and 20 students for seminars.

The final three months of your course will be focused on researching and writing the final assessment piece, a 15,000-word research project dissertation.

Information for international students

if your first language is not English, a minimum of IELTS 7.0. or equivalent is normally required.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462157