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St Andrews is a unique combination of ancient and modern, local and global. Founded in 1413 we are the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. Once the centre of Scottish political and religious life, St Andrews retains many marvellous mediaeval buildings, juxtaposed with modern cutting-edge Science and Arts facilities.


Schools & Focus

Although undergraduates will apply for a specific degree programme, your admission will be to one of four Faculties (Arts, Divinity, Medicine or Science). You will belong to the same Faculty throughout your university career and most of the subjects you study will be offered by Schools or Departments within this Faculty. Information about choosing your degree is available here.

All undergraduates are assigned to an Adviser of Studies whom they must see at the start of each semester, to discuss their choices and have them approved. Advisers are also available for consultation at other times and are always ready to discuss any academic and other problems that may arise. The Adviser will guide the student through the complexities of the modular structure to ensure that any desired degree pathways, or options, remain accessible.

At the end of your second year, if your work has reached the required standard, then you can make a final choice of Honours programme from the second year subjects that you have studied. It is in the final two years that you will be able to specialise and gain an intimate knowledge of your chosen subject(s). Modules are normally assessed in the semester in which they are taught. Assessment of modules is by examination, continuous assessment (coursework) or, in most cases, a combination of these.

Postgraduate students apply for a specific degree programme and work closely with a relatively smaller number of staff (compared to undergraduate students) during the duration of their programme. Each student is given a supervisor to act as their first point of contact where any problems arise or advice is needed.

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Fees & entry requirements

Undergraduate entry to St Andrews is on the basis of 4 good Higher grades (AABB – AAAA), 3 good A-levels (AAB – AAA) or excellent IB scores (35 to 38 points). International students are welcome to apply to us on the basis of the exam system used in their country and our Admissions Officers assess individual applications on the basis of merit. Full details on undergraduate admissions are available here.

Postgraduate students are expected to have the equivalent of a UK 2.1 (2nd Class, upper division) degree from a recognised institution.

Fee information is on our website

St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances, which is why we offer a large number of bursaries and scholarships to students. These are designed to provide assistance to help students support themselves during their time at university and also aim to reward academic excellence.

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Scholarships

St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances, which is why we offer a large number of bursaries and scholarships to students. These are designed to provide assistance to help students support themselves during their time at university and also aim to reward academic excellence.

The scholarships web pages hold a wealth of information in relation to the financial support offered by the University, statutory student support and information regarding external bodies who offer financial assistance. Some scholarships have early deadlines so it is well worth checking the web pages to ensure that you apply in good time. Visit our website for a full list of awards and information on application deadlines and eligibility criteria

 

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International partnerships

The University of St Andrews has a number of opportunities for undergraduate students to spend a full academic year in the USA or Canada as part of their degree programme (usually Junior Honours year), with new destinations being approved each year. St Andrews has three exchange partners in Canada and a further eleven partners in the USA, each offering a different student experience, from the University of California’s LA campus in the heart of Beverly Hills, to the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, founded in 1693 and the second oldest Higher Education institution in the United States.

Several Schools within the University have Erasmus links with other European institutions. The University currently sends around 40 to 50 students on European exchanges every year.

Several Schools have established exchange or study abroad programmes with partners outside Europe, and as a result there are also opportunities to study in Asia, Australia, the Middle East and South America. More details on all opportunities can be found on our website.

 

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Research strengths

St Andrews is a research-intensive university and the benefit of this to all students is that they have direct access to staff who are likely to be at the forefront of research in their specific subject area.

St Andrews submitted more than 92% of its academic staff for consideration in the RAE 2008, making it one of the most research intensive universities anywhere in the UK.  At this time, 94% of St Andrews' research activity was internationally recognised and 60% was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent. View the full RAE results.

 

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and St Andrews staff are currently preparing for the next submission of data. View more information on research quality

 

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Employability

From their first year, students are encouraged to use the Careers Centre’s resources to guide them through career choices and onto detailed information about the whole range of options and occupations. The information covers vacation placements, internships and sponsorship opportunities, graduate employers and their vacancies, postgraduate study and funding, professional training, self employment, gap year activities and voluntary work in the UK and overseas. Enterprise activities and support for a possible entrepreneurial career are also offered through the Careers Centre.

At all stages, we aim to help students identify and achieve their career goals. The Careers Centre also offers a variety of workshops and events designed to help students develop the skills they need in order to have the best possible chance of getting into their chosen career. Facilities are complemented by the Careers IT Room, library and web pages, which contains a wealth of information and advice, together with searchable vacancy listings and useful links.

The Careers Centre also offers a Job Shop to assist students seeking part-time or casual employment during their studies.

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In your country

Staff from Admissions travel extensively each year in their efforts to help and advise prospective students who are thinking about applying to study at St Andrews. Staff usually advertise their trips in advance and we invite individuals to book appointments wherever possible. View a full list of planned activities over the coming months.

 

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Contact us

Admissions
University of St Andrews 
St Katharine's West 
16 The Scores 
St Andrews 
Fife  KY16 9AX
Scotland

T: +44 (0)1334 462150

Pre-application enquiries

E: UK/EU students: student.recruitment@st-andrews.ac.uk
E: International students: international@st-andrews.ac.uk

E: Postgraduate students: pgrecruitment@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Key facts & figures

  • St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, after Oxford and Cambridge
  • The University is currently celebrating a three year 600th anniversary campaign (and a £100m fundraising drive), which was launched by graduate the Duke of Cambridge in 2010 and will culminate in 2013
  • With students and staff from over 100 countries, St Andrews is the most cosmopolitan university in Scotland
  • World-class reputation in teaching and research consistently place St Andrews top in Scotland in the annual domestic league tables, and its students consistently rate it amongst the best in the country in the National Student Survey
  • 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 Redmond, Michael Forsythe, actor Crispin Bonham-Carter, broadcaster Hazel Irvine and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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St Katharine's West 
16 The Scores 
St Andrews, KY16 9AX

tel: +44 (0)1334 462150

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