Scottish Universities

University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is the oldest University in Scotland and the 3rd oldest in the UK. Each of our academic departments is highly rated for teaching and research and we are consistently ranked amongst the top 10 institutions in the UK.

St Andrews is a beautiful location in which to study and the close connection between, "town"; and "gown", gives a strong sense of community. Our setting is slightly unusual because we do not have a definable campus. Most of our buildings are mixed in with residential housing, shops and bars/restaurants, and everything blends together in the bustling town centre. We encourage prospective students to visit us before confirming their place to make sure that they get a good feel for the town.

We are very proud to have one of the lowest non-completion rates in the country and a large proportion of our students complete their studies with a first or upper-second class honours degree. This is a reflection on both the high standard of teaching and the strong work ethic that exists amongst staff and students in each of our departments, and of the support that students benefit from when they study in St Andrews.

What's on offer

The University consists of 4 faculties - Arts, Science, Divinity and Medicine. Our 21 departments were highly rated in the last Research Assessment Exercise (Dec. 2008), at which time our teaching standards were also commended. Our 2008 results build directly on those results achieved in 2001 and place St Andrews at the forefront of Higher Education in Scotland.

Our library is a modern, centrally located building which currently houses almost 1 million volumes. There are plans to add a new wing to the existing library and it is hoped that work on this exciting project will begin soon.

Areas of expertise include International Relations, Economics, Philosophy, Management, English, Psychology and Physics. Literally every department at St Andrews contains internationally recognised academic members of staff. Despite their reputations as leading academics, our staff are very accessible to students as our departments are fairly small and this is a definite strength as ideas can be shared amongst people who do not necessarily work closely together.


St Andrews is approximately 50 miles north of Edinburgh, and 13 miles south of Dundee. The town is perched on the edge of the North Sea and there are 3 beaches just a short walk from the town centre. It really is a stunning location!

The nearest train station is in Leuchars, just 5 miles away. International students normally arrive at Edinburgh or Glasgow airport from where there are regular connections to St Andrews. It is possible for international students to reserve a place on university transport from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports to St Andrews at the start of semester.

Subject Strengths

Our taught Masters programmes each follow a similar route as they consist of 2 semesters of lectures and tutorials with exams at the end of each semester. Students then have the summer months to complete a dissertation of around 15,000 words. The majority of our Masters courses are one year in length although some are 2 years long due to the requirement that a longer dissertation be completed which is normally 40,000 words rather than 15,000.

All departments are research active and 50% of our PG students are working towards the completion of a PhD. Many of these students are fully funded by the University. For example, last year we were able to fund almost 50 PhD candidates in the faculties of Arts and Divinity alone

Academic student life

The Postgraduate Student Handbook is given to all PG students at the start of each year. This publication provides guidance which is primarily aimed at new students who are unfamiliar with St Andrews. It provides detailed information on what is expected of our students, and what our students can expect of our staff.


The University of St Andrews has a designated postgraduate Scholarships Office and staff are happy to help you with questions relating to funding. Our awards are given to the most gifted students, and competition for these is fierce.

Tuition fees

A list of tuition fees for all our courses is available from our website.


Although we cannot guarantee accommodation for all Postgraduate students, the majority of those who request a room in one of our 4 designated PG buildings do receive a place. We also have 3 further buildings where both undergraduates and postgraduates reside although they live in separate flats/apartments within these buildings. The rooms in all these buildings are for single students although we do have a small number of other properties where married students and families can be accommodated. Staff in our accommodation office will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.


You might be relieved to hear that your social life doesn\'t necessarily need to revolve around golf in St Andrews! We have 52 sports clubs available and approximately 100 other student societies to choose from. Of course, golfers do get a good deal with access to 7 (yes, 7!) golf courses for £165 per year. Have a look at the website for more information about what is available.

How to apply

Applications can be made online through the Prospects website, or the form can be downloaded from the University website, or a paper copy can be sent out when you contact the University to request an application pack. You are strongly advised to check subject leaflets for specific entry requirements for your chosen course.

When to Apply: We can normally accept applications up to one year in advance.

Application deadlines: Overseas applications should be submitted by 31 May, and UK/EU applications by 31 July. Please be aware that some departments have earlier deadlines than others, as do scholarships.

For a comprehensive overview of our application process, how to apply, or to download an application form, please visit our website.