Choose St Andrews
Study at the University of St Andrews and experience world-class teaching, cutting-edge research and the flexible degree structure of Scotland’s first university.
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, we offer a flexible degree structure based on your choice of subject specialism or research, creating an environment which nurtures inquisitive minds and a culture of shared learning.
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 named the University of St Andrews the UK University of the Year for Student Experience 2018. It’s the second year running that Scotland’s oldest university has walked off with a University of the Year title. Last year it was UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality.
Scotland's first university
Founded in the early 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world.
Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410 and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413.
The most international of Scotland’s universities
We are the most international of Scotland’s universities and one of the most international in the UK with staff and students of over 120 nationalities.
The University of St Andrews offers a broad range of postgraduate studies, with more than 1,000 postgraduates currently studying in one of our four Faculties of Arts, Divinity, Medicine and Science. St Andrews is a remarkable and exciting institution which combines the cosmopolitanism of an international university with a strong sense of community derived from its location in a small and ancient town. The scale of the University allows us to compete successfully for private and public funding for our path-breaking research while being small enough to provide individual attention to everyone who chooses to study here.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked the University of St Andrews top in Scotland and 14th in the UK for the quality of research publications across Science, the Arts, Divinity and Medicine.
The University of St Andrews is home to many unique traditions.
- The curse of Patrick Hamilton
- May Dip
- Academic families
- Raisin Monday
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