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University of St Andrews

2016 League Table Ranking 5
2016 Overall Score 926
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Entry Standards 516 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 11.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.13 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,911 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.25 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 456 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 78.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 95.3 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 89.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 41.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1413.
  • Oldest university in Scotland.
  • Third oldest university in the English speaking world.
  • No campus as university integrated with town: ancient buildings juxtaposed with state of the art science facilities.

Location and Transport

  • St Andrews is set in a spectacular position on the east coast of Scotland.
  • On one side of the town are the wooded hills of the Fife countryside. To the north and east the town looks out over a rocky headland to the dramatic waters of the North Sea.
  • Much of Scotland can be accessed conveniently from St Andrews. Edinburgh airport is an hour away.

Entry Standards

  • Our policy is to take into account academic potential as well as achievement in examinations as we work towards making the University of St Andrews more accessible.
  • References which evidence clear and justifiable potential are treated as important factors.
  • Find out more about entry requirements at St Andrews online.

Student Mix

The 9,735 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • With over 900 Undergraduate courses available, and a large number of Postgraduate opportunities, the University of St Andrews allows students immerse themselves in the subjects that they are most passionate about.
  • Many students choose St Andrews because of the flexible degree structure and modular system.
  • Students typically study modules across a range of Schools during their years of sub-honours study.
  • The University also offers a range of exchange and study abroad programmes, delivered collaboratively with other institutions, both in the UK and overseas.

Teaching Standards

  • The University ranked as one of the top three universities in the UK for teaching and the quality of the academic experience it offers students, according to the National Student Survey 2014; the ninth year in succession that St Andrews performed strongly in the annual measure.
  • One of the University’s unique strengths is that it provides research-led teaching: students are taught by the people who write the textbooks, the people at the coal-face of research and discovery.
  • The University of St Andrews benefits from a relatively small student body in comparison to many universities; meaning class sizes are often small.

Research Standards

  • One of Europe’s most research intensive seats of learning – over a quarter of its turnover comes from research grants and contracts.
  • Ranked best in Scotland and 14th in the United Kingdom for the quality of its research publications across Science, the Arts, Divinity and Medicine, according to the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework.
  • Ranked 34th in world for Arts & Humanities (THE World University Rankings 2014–15).

Academic Strengths

  • The University of St Andrews is known across the globe as a world leader in education. Our consistently high rankings in both national and global league tables place us within the top 1% of world universities.
  • Most subjects offered by the University are often ranked within the UK's top 10, and many fight for the top place in national rankings.

Student Facilities

  • Historic buildings are juxtaposed against the modern facilities.
  • Free wi-fi.
  • Over 140 student societies.
  • The University manages 'the best small theatre in Scotland', providing an educational resource, general arts venue and music centre.
  • The only Scottish university with a professional Orchestra in Residence.

Disability Services

  • Telephone +44 (0)1334 462020 or visit our website.

Students' Union

  • Known as the Students' Association. Find out about the Students' Association at St Andrews online.


  • 50 sports clubs and 100 sports teams.
  • Supported by a number of professional staff and coaches.
  • The Department of Sport and Exercise offers a wide variety of classes to suit all levels and abilities.
  • The University supports individual student athletes competing on the international stage with five £1,000 sports scholarships offered per year.
  • One of the leading golf development programmes in the UK.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Martyrs Kirk has been sensitively transformed to a state-of-the art research library; opened to postgraduate research students and academic staff in 2013.
  • Redevelopment of student residences underway.
  • The Students’ Association building is undergoing a £12 million redevelopment, to be completed by the end of 2015.
  • A £14m redevelopment of the University of St Andrews sports facilities has been launched.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 45% students in paid work during semesters.

Careers Guidance

  • The University Careers Centre offers impartial and objective advice and guidance.
  • Our careers advisers have sector and school-based specialisms, all are experienced at advising undergraduate and postgraduate students and graduates on any career-related topics.
  • Resources include drop-in and bookable appointments with advisers, a Job Shop vacancy service, access to alumni networks, support for student enterprise, summer internship schemes, advice on postgraduate study, and in depth support for international students including visa information and support.

Notable Alumni

St Andrews’ graduates include statesmen, inventors, authors, political leaders and journalists.
Among them are:

  • Inventor of the logarithm, John Napier.
  • James Wilson, one of the fathers of the American Constitution.
  • Nobel Prize Winner Sir James Black.
  • First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond.
  • Writer Fay Weldon,
  • Actress Siobhan Redmon.
  • Actors Michael Forsythe and Crispin Bonham-Carter.
  • Broadcaster Hazel Irvine.
  • HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

For further information

  • +44 (1334) 476161
  • University of St Andrews
    St Katherine's West
    16 The Scores
    St Andrews
    KY16 9AX
UCAS Code S36

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