University of St Andrews

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Founded in 1413, the University of St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university. With an unforgettable student experience and flexible degree structure, St Andrews offers a passionately taught, high-quality educational experience in a safe, historic and welcoming setting.

The structure of the undergraduate degrees at St Andrews gives you the chance to study multiple subjects across your first two years, before fully specialising. St Andrews also has a diverse community that is home to over 9,000 students from more than 130 territories world-wide, offering global perspectives on your subject in a uniquely Scottish setting.

Schools & Faculties

St Andrews degree programmes are spread throughout their 19 academic Schools, each of which is part of a Faculty: Arts, Science, Medicine or Divinity. St Andrews is currently ranked as the best in the UK for Classics, International Relations, History of Art, Geography, Economics and Physics (Guardian University Guide 2020).

Facts & Stats

  • First for student satisfaction in the UK (National Student Survey, 2019).
  • Ranked in the top 100 in the QS World Rankings.
  • Ranked second in the UK and first in Scotland in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Over 96% of our graduates are employed within the first six months of graduation.
  • Over 900 undergraduate degree combinations available and more than 100 Masters programmes.
  • Close connection between staff and students, with a 12:1 student to staff ratio.
  • Students from more than 130 nations in our student body.
  • A tight-knit community, in a stunning location, that thinks on a global scale.

Flexible degree structure

St Andrews has an incredibly flexible undergraduate degree structure. Students in the Faculties of Arts, Science and Divinity get the opportunity to study across a range of subjects in their first two years, allowing students to gain a broader understanding of various subjects before specialising in their final two years. They also offer integrated Masters programmes and direct entry into second year for some Science programmes. Students studying Medicine and their Masters programmes follow a set structure for their programme. 

Research-led teaching

St Andrews teaching and research staff are one and the same, meaning that the vast majority of their teaching staff are also research-active. The cutting edge research being done at St Andrews is then fed directly into the curriculum they teach to ensure that their students have the most up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Employability 

St Andrews programmes and extra-curricular activities are developed to produce outstanding and in-demand graduates with the skills needed in the 21st century workplace. They encourage all of their students to think about their employability and future from the beginning of their time with them; that’s why more than 96% of their graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (HESA, 2016).

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