University of St Andrews

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.23 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.13 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.82 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    83.2 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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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  • Good Honours 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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    90.7 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    95.5 / 100.0


  • 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 Requirements

  • 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 10,660 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 74%
  • Postgraduate 26%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 88%
  • Part Time 12%


  • UK 53%
  • EU 14%
  • Other 33%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

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 persistently ranks as one of the top universities in the UK for teaching and the quality of the academic experience it offers students, according to the National Student Survey 2015; the tenth 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.
  • We rank among the top 100 in the world in the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and in the Sciences, an unusual achievement for an institution of our size.
  • Our research, 82% of which has been judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent, drives innovation, insight, and development in myriad ways across the world.
  • 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.

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.

Undergraduate Courses

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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 on our website.

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.

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 has undergone a £12 million redevelopment (completed at the end of 2015).
  • A £14m redevelopment of the University of St Andrews sports facilities has been launched.

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.

Further Details

Address University of St Andrews St Katherine's West 16 The Scores St Andrews Fife KY16 9AX
UCAS Code S36