University of St Andrews

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    4.38 / 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 high-quality 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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    83.3 / 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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    91.1 / 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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    96.4 / 100.0

Over the last 600 years, the University of St Andrews has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading research and teaching centres. Today, the university offers a flexible degree structure based on the student's choice of subject specialism or research, creating an environment which nurtures inquisitive minds and a culture of shared learning.

Entry Requirements

  • The university policy is to take into account academic potential as well as achievement in examinations. Please refer to the university website for details.
  • References which evidence clear and justifiable potential are treated as important factors.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

Undergraduate Courses

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Course Flexibility

  • A flexible degree structure and modular system, along with over 900 undergraduate courses and a large number of postgraduate opportunities, allows students at the University of St Andrews to immerse themselves in the subjects that they are most passionate about.
  • 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.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • The university manages 'the best small theatre in Scotland', providing an educational resource, general arts venue and music centre, and is the only Scottish university with a professional Orchestra in Residence.

Disability Services

  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • Please refer to the university website for details of the Students' Association.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 45% students are in paid work during semesters.

Careers Guidance

  • The university Careers Centre offers impartial and objective advice and guidance.
  • Its careers advisers have sector and school-based specialisms, and 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.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 75%
  • Postgraduate 25%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 89%
  • Part Time 11%

Where students come from

  • UK 53%
  • EU 14%
  • Other 33%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%


  • Founded in 1413, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and third oldest university in the English speaking world.
  • There is no university campus as the university is integrated with the town; ancient buildings are juxtaposed with modern science facilities.

Notable Alumni

  • John Napier – inventor of the logarithm.
  • James Wilson – one of the fathers of the American Constitution.
  • Sir James Black – Nobel Prize Winner.
  • Alex Salmond – former First Minister of Scotland.
  • Fay Weldon – author, best known for The Life and Loves of a She-Devil.
  • Siobhan Redmon – actress.
  • Michael Forsythe – actor.
  • Crispin Bonham-Carter – actor.
  • Hazel Irvine – broadcaster.
  • 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