University of St Andrews

United Kingdom

About St Andrews

Founded between 1410 and 1413, University of St Andrews is the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland and the third oldest university in the English-speaking world (following Oxford and Cambridge Universities). The student body is known for preserving ancient traditions such as Raisin Weekend, May Dip, and the wearing of distinctive academic dress.

St Andrews is made up of a variety of institutions, comprising three colleges – United College, St Mary's College, and St Leonard's College. It is consistently ranked as the third best university in the United Kingdom in all national league tables, behind Oxbridge. In the 2019 Complete University Guide, 24 out of the 25 subjects offered by St Andrews rank within the top 10 nationally making St Andrews one of only three multi-faculty universities (along with Cambridge and Oxford) in the UK to have over 95% of their subjects in the top 10. St Andrews also has the highest student satisfaction (joint first) amongst all multi-faculty universities in the United Kingdom in 2018.

Globally, The Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking names St Andrews among the world's Top 50 universities for Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Our campuses

The University of St Andrews is situated in the small town of St Andrews in rural Fife, Scotland. The University has teaching facilities, libraries, student housing and other buildings spread throughout the town. It is characterised amongst Scottish universities as having a significant number of students who live in university-maintained accommodation. Here are some amenities near our campus.

Information
Year
Founded
1413
Student
Population
10330
Male to Female
Ratio
43 : 57
Social
Accreditations
Strengths
Area Studies
CUG, Middle Eastern & African Studies
1st
Biological Science
CUG, Anatomy & Physiology
1st
Business Studies
CUG, Business & Management Studies
1st
Economics
Guardian, Economics
1st
Environmental Science
Guardian, Geography and environmental studies
1st
Geography
Guardian, Geography and environmental studies
1st
History
Guardian, Classics and ancient history
1st
Physics
CUG, Physics & Astronomy
1st
Politics
Guardian, Politics
1st
Computer Science
Guardian, Computer science and information systems
2nd
English & Literature
The Times, English
2nd
Languages
CUG, German
2nd
Marine Science
Guardian, Earth and marine sciences
2nd
Media & Communications
Guardian, Media and film studies
2nd
Psychology
Guardian, Psychology
2nd
Sociology
Guardian, Anthropology
2nd
Religion
Guardian, Religious studies and theology
2nd
Chemistry
The Times, Chemistry
3rd
Mathematics
CUG, Mathematics
3rd
Philosophy
Guardian, Philosophy
3rd
Scholarships
British Council IELTS Prize
Up to $60000 for tuition
6 available
British Council IELTS Prize
Up to £40000 for tuition
6 available
British Chevening Scholarships
100% for tuition and living expenses
Limited quantity
UNESCO Fellowship Programmes
Up to 100% for tuition and living expenses
Limited quantity
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Notable Alumni

Sir James Black Nobel Prize winner
Black was a Scottish physician and pharmacologist who graduated from St Andrews School of Medicine with an MBChB in 1946. He worked for ICI Pharmaceuticals in 1958 and, while there, developed propranolol, a beta blocker used for the treatment of heart disease. Black was also responsible for the development of cimetidine, an H2 receptor antagonist, a drug used to treat stomach ulcers. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988 for work leading to the development of propranolol and cimetidine.

Prince William British Royal Family
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is a member of the British royal family and the elder son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Since birth has been second in the line of succession to the British throne, after his father. Prince Williams obtained his Scottish Master of Arts in Geography in 2005, and also represented the Scottish national universities water polo team.
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