University of St Andrews

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Intake Periods September 2024

About University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews riches in student traditions nurtured by its six-centuries-long history. Academic family, Raisin Weekend, Foam Fight and May Dip, and many engaging activities bring students together across nationalities and cultures.

In addition, the University has over 150 student societies covering a wide range of interests, such as the Debating Society, Drama Club, Coffee Club, Dog Walking Club and many more. The University's Sports Centre is fully equipped and offers community members access to indoor and outdoor gymnasiums, climbing walls, tennis courts, football pitches and other sports areas.

The University of St Andrews (University of St Andrews), founded in 1413, is one of the world’s top universities in Scotland, England. The school was formally established after Pope Benedict XIII issued a papal edict to the Austin priests. It is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest university in the English-speaking world after the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

The University consists of four academic faculties collectively encompass 18 schools: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Divinity, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Science. Popular subjects are Computer Science, Classics & Ancient History, English, History, Anthropology, Economics, and so on.

The University preserves ancient traditions such as Raisin Weekend and May Dip, which bring students from over 145 nationalities distinctive university experiences. With its motto “Ever to Excel”, the University has nurtured generations of notable alumni scattered in domains such as politics, science, and philosophy, contributing to the society. Besides, the National Student Survey (NSS) has named St Andrews the UK’s top mainstream university based on student academic experience 14 times in the past 16 years.

The University is highly regarded in the UK and worldwide. It was ranked as the best university in the UK in the 2022 Good University Guide, breaking the duopoly of “Oxbridge” of three decades.

When considering its size, the University still outrun most of its global counterparts and was constantly ranked as a QS Top 100 university.

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What their Students Say

“I joined the distance learning MSc TESOL with a Specialism in Teaching Young Learner programme in Autumn 2019 and feel confident that it is equipping me to reach my full potential as an English teacher.

Lectures and tasks are varied. They are relevant to the needs of English teachers working globally in the 21st century and I can apply what I learn in the classroom.

Lecturers are supportive and understand the challenges of studying and working simultaneously.”

Austria, MSc TESOL with a Specialism in Teaching Young Learners
Uni of St Andrews student Gemma Headshot

“I was attracted to how strong the Philosophy Department is at St Andrews. I knew it was one of the best places to study Philosophy as an undergraduate student. This coupled with how beautiful the town is made it the perfect place for me.

The Philosophy lecturers and tutors were the best thing about studying philosophy at St Andrews. Not only were they leading experts in their fields, but they were also very dedicated to their students.

I was always amazed by how generous they were with their time. My lecturers and tutors would often meet up with me to help me improve my essay writing skills, to work through logic exercises, to explain a complicated philosophy paper, and to support me and give me advice in my graduate school applications.

I really felt supported by the people that taught me in the Department.”

Rufaida Al Hashmi
Economics and Philosophy MA
Uni of St Andrews student Rufaida Al Hashmi Headshot

University of St Andrews Subject Areas

Subject Areas

Accounting and Finance, Arts and Humanities, Biology, Business and Management, Chemistry, Classics and Ancient History, Computing and IT, Creative Writing, Education, English Literature, Geography and Environmental Studies, History, Languages, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies

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