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Total UG Students Total PG Students International Student Student Faculty Ratio
6,400 1,800 45% 12:1


The University of St Andrews  is a British public research university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It is the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland and the third oldest university in the English-speaking world (following Oxford and Cambridge).

Over 900 degree courses are now offered at the university, organised across four faculties: Arts, Divinity, Medicine, and Science. St. Andrews provides you a world class teaching , a platform for your research as well as flexible degree structure in one of the Scotland’s first university

About a third of its 8,000 students come from Scotland while just under half are international, hailing from 120 different countries in total, and the university has some of the lowest drop-out rates in the country.

The town of St Andrews is small – just 17,000 permanent residents live among protected conservation areas, meaning university staff along with 7,500 students makes up about half its population. The university itself refers to the ‘thee people rule’. Supposedly a student walking down the street in St Andrews is bound to know at least one in every three people they pass. .Located between fabulous beaches as well as known golf courses it keeps the town vibrant and compact.The university is integrated with the town  giving you a feel of ancient tradition simultaneously updating with the modern world.

The university provides best resources general arts venue and music centre and is the only Scottish university to have a professional orchestra in residence . It gives you the freedom to choose your subjects and caters to your needs to explore your passion, ideas and experiments your thoughts. The institution even has its own wind farm, making St Andrews self-sufficient for electrical energy.

Notable Alumni

·        John Napier – inventor of the logarithm.

·        James Wilson – one of the fathers of the American Constitution.

·        Sir James Black – Nobel Prize Winner.

·        Alex Salmond – former First Minister of Scotland.

·        Fay Weldon – author, best known for The Life and Loves of a She-Devil.

·        Siobhan Redmon – actress.

·        Michael Forsythe – actor.

·        Crispin Bonham-Carter – actor.

·        Hazel Irvine – broadcaster.

·        HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.





10-week course

6.0 (5.5)*

4-week course

6.5 (6.0)*







7.0 (7.0)*

Postgraduates (Taught)




7.0 (6.5)*


6.5 (6.0)*

Economics & Finance

7.0 (6.0)*


8.0 (8.0)*

English Language Teaching

7.0 (6.5 in writing and speaking)*


6.5 (6.5 in writing)*


7.0 (7.0 in writing)*


7.0 (6.5)*

Management and Information Technology

7.0 (6.0)*


7.0 (6.5)*


7.0 (6.5)*


6.5 (6.0)*


7.0 (7.0 in writing)*

Sustainable Development

7.0 (6.5)*

Postgraduates (Research)




8.0 (8.0)*

*where minimum component scores are required, these are shown in brackets after the overall score. If no score is given in brackets, only an overall score is required.

Students who have less than 5.5. in any component will not be admitted to a Pre-sessional course, but may be considered for a place on the Pre-Masters programme at the discretion of the Centre for International Foundation Programmes.

If you are interested in undergraduate study at St Andrews, you must meet the University's entrance requirements as outlined below. 

·        Indian School Certificate, Intermediate Certificate, Higher School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate, All India Senior School Certificate and Pre-University course (awarded on completion of Standard XII) candidates are expected to obtain a minimum average of 90% (with 90% or higher in any prerequisite subjects) in Standard XII examinations, or A1-A2 if you are taking examinations used by Central Boards.

·        International Baccalaureate candidates are expected to obtain scores ranging from 35 to 38 points, with the majority of offers for subjects in the Faculty of Arts and Medicine being at the upper end of this range or higher.

Postgraduate candidates will be expected to hold a good second division (2.1) or first division UK Bachelor's degree with Honours, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant degree or postgraduate qualification.

Typical Indian degree equivalents with first-class grades of 60% to 70% (minimum), depending on the institution attended, include:

·        Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com/BComm/B.Comm.) or Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) awarded from a recognised Higher Education, Professional or Specialist institution.

·        Bachelor of Engineering/Technology, when awarded from an institute of national importance, centre of advanced study, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), or the Indian Institute of Science in Banagalore.

·        Bachelor of Science Engineering/Engineering/Technology, when awarded from a central university, a recognised state university, or a regional Engineering college.

·        Indian Institute of Engineers examinations A and B.



         Ancient History

·        Arabic

·        Archaeology

·        Art History

·        Biology

·        Chemistry

·        Classics and Classical Studies

·        Comparative Literature

·        Computer Science

·        Divinity

·        Earth and Environmental Sciences

·        Economics and Finance

·        English

·        English Language Teaching

·        Film Studies

·        French

·        Geography

·        German

·        Greek

·        History

·        International Relations

·        Italian

·        Latin

·        Management

·        Marine Biology

·        Mathematics

·        Medicine

·        Middle East Studies

·        Music

·        Neuroscience

·        Persian

·        Philosophy

·        Physics and Astronomy

·        Psychology

·        Russian

·        Social Anthropology

·        Spanish

·        Statistics

·        Sustainable Development



Art History

Art History MLitt

History of Photography MLitt

Museum and Gallery Studies MLitt


Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems MSc

Marine Mammal Science MSc

Sustainable Aquaculture MSc/PGDip (distance learning)

Sustainable Aquaculture (Invertebrates) or (Vertebrates) PG Certificate (distance learning)

Sustainable Aquaculture modular course (distance learning)


Catalysis MSc

Chemical Science MSc


Classics MLitt

Computer Science

Advanced Computer Science MSc

Artificial Intelligence MSc

Computer Communication Systems MSc (previously known as Networks and Distributed Systems)

Computing and Information Technology MSc

Computer Science Degree Option (with English Language)

Data-Intensive Analysis MSc

Human Computer Interaction MSc

Information Technology MSc

Management and Information Technology MSc

Software Engineering MSc


Analytic and Exegetical Theology MLitt

Bible and the Contemporary World PGDip/MLitt (part-time distance learning)

Bible and the Contemporary World MLitt (full-time, campus-based)

Biblical Languages and Literature MLitt

Systematic and Historical Theology MLitt

Theology, Imagination and the Arts MLitt

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Geochemistry MSc

Mineral Resources MSc

Oil and Gas Innovation MSc

Economics and Finance

Economics MSc

Finance MSc

Finance and Economics MSc

Money, Banking and Finance MSc


Creative Writing MLitt

Medieval English MLitt

Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture MLitt

Postcolonial and World Literatures MLitt

Romantic / Victorian Studies MLitt

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture MLitt

Women, Writing and Gender MLitt

English Language Teaching

English Language Teaching MLitt

Pre-Masters Programme

Film Studies

Film Studies MLitt

Geography and Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development MRes

Sustainable Development MSc

Sustainable Development and Energy MSc (two years, double Masters)

Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics MSc


Central and Eastern European Studies MLitt

Early Modern History MLitt

Environmental History MLitt

Intellectual History MLitt

Iranian Studies MLitt

Legal and Constitutional Studies MLitt

Mediaeval History MLitt

Mediaeval Studies MLitt

Middle Eastern History MLitt

Modern History MLitt

Reformation Studies MLitt

Scottish Historical Studies MLitt

The Book: History and Techniques of Analysis MLitt

Transnational, Global and Spatial History MLitt

International Relations

International Political Theory MLitt

International Security Studies MLitt

Legal and Constitutional Studies MLitt

Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies MLitt

Peace and Conflict Studies MLitt

Strategic Studies MLitt

Terrorism Studies and Political Violence MLitt (also available part time via distance learning)


Banking and Finance MSc

Finance and Management MSc

Human Resource Management MLitt

International Business MLitt

Management MLitt

Management and Information Technology MSc

Marketing MLitt

Mathematics and Statistics

Applied Statistics and Datamining MSc

Data-Intensive Analysis MSc

Mathematics MSc

Statistics MSc

Mediaeval Studies

Mediaeval Studies MLitt


Global Health Implementation MSc

Health Psychology MSc

Modern Languages

Central and East European Studies MLitt

Comparative Literature MLitt

Crossways in Cultural Narratives MLitt

Cultural Identity Studies MLitt

French Studies MLitt

German Studies MLitt

German and Comparative Literature MLitt/MA (two years)

Italian Studies MLitt

Mediaeval Studies MLitt

Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies MLitt

Russian Studies MLitt

Spanish and Latin American Studies MLitt


Conversion to Philosophy GradDip

Epistemology, Mind and Language MLitt

History of Philosophy MLitt

Logic and Metaphysics MLitt

Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy MLitt

Philosophy MLitt

Physics and Astronomy

Astrophysics MSc

Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices MSc

Psychology and Neuroscience

Adults with Learning Disabilities who have Significant and Complex Needs Distance Learning PGDip/MSc

Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology: The Origins of the Mind MSc

Health Psychology MSc

Neuroscience MRes

Psychology (Conversion) MSc

Research Methods in Psychology MSc

The Psychology of Dementia Care Distance Learning PGCert

Social Anthropology

Anthropology, Art and Perception MRes

Social Anthropology MRes

Social Anthropology and Amerindian Studies MRes

Social Anthropology with Pacific Studies MRes


·      ·        Undergraduate students who submit their accommodation application by the relevant deadline are guaranteed first year university accommodation.

·        The University of St Andrews offers both self-catered and catered accommodation. Students can indicate their preferred type of accommodation on their application form, and fees vary depending on the type of accommodation.

·        Residences range from beautiful stone-built listed buildings full of original period features, to stylish new apartments, built to high environmental and sustainability standards. All residences have Wi-Fi.

·        The university tries to allocate international students throughout its residences as evenly as possible. The university accommodation is spread around St Andrews, the furthest 1.5 miles away from the university buildings.

·        The only time students need to move out completely is at the end of the academic year, at the end of May. The catered residences do not include the Christmas break but students can store their belongings in their room over this period.

Accommodation Around half of all students live in university accommodation. Prices range from £3,915 for a single room in a self-catered hall to £8,170 for an ensuite catered room. 

The University of St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students regardless of their financial circumstances. We offer a large number of bursaries and scholarships to undergraduate students, and there are also a number of external grants offered from outside the University.

Below is a list of bursaries and scholarships that may be available to you as an international student.

Funded by the University

The following scholarships are funded by the University of St Andrews and generous donations are made by alumni and friends of the University of St Andrews, charitable trusts and other organisations and companies.

·        Accommodation Award

·        BA International Honours Scholarship

·        Cheng Golf Award

·        Davis United World College Scholarship

·        George and Stella Lee Hong Kong Scholarship

·        George McElveen III Scholarship

·        Hong Kong Scholarship

·        International Excellence Scholarship

·        International Undergraduate Scholarship

·        The Kinnessburn Scholarship

·        Robert Guy Ramsay Scholarship

·        Students' Association Bursary Fund

Offered by Academic Schools and Units

The following scholarships are offered by Academic Schools and Units within the University.

·        Benjamin Franklin Chemistry Scholarships

·        Chemistry Purdie Scholarships

·        Choral and Organ Scholarships

·        Royal and Ancient Golf Club Scholarship

·        Music Centre Scholarships

·        Saints Sport Scholarships



The following scholarships are administered and funded outside the University of St Andrews but may be available to eligible students who wish to attend the University.

·        Azerbaijan Ministry of Education scholarship

·        Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

·        Entrepreneur Scholarship Programme

·        Katherine Smith Bursary

·        The McEuen Scholarship

·        The R Harper Brown Memorial Scholarship

·        SOCAR Scholarship

·        TOEFL Merit Scholarship Programme

There are numerous other scholarships.Please refer university website for detail qualifications required.

Other scholarships

You can also apply for the British Government's Chevening Scholarships, and a variety of private agencies and charities for scholarships, bursaries and grants to study in the UK. For more information visit the British Council website or the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.


Quick Facts



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As a student at the University of St Andrews you will be expected to pay fees every year that you are in attendance. The amount you will have to pay depends on your fee status and the degree you are studying . • If you are studying in the Faculty of Arts, Divinity or Science, tuition fees for 2017-2018 will be £20,570. Tuition fees will be fixed at this level for the duration of your programme. • If you are studying in the Faculty of Medicine, tuition fees for 2017-2018 will be £28,200. Advanced payment discount A discounted rate for advanced payment of tuition fees is available to overseas students for tuition fees purposes. If you are commencing a 4- or 5-year undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts, Science or Divinity at the University of St Andrews


For general living costs such as accommodation, food, books, clothing etc, it is impossible to provide an exact figure as all students are different and have different lifestyles. A VERY broad estimate would be between £900 and £1100 per month for a single student living in thandrews area. When you apply for a Tier 4 student visa, the Home Office requires that have a minimum of £1015 per month to cover your living costs



The Complete University Guide 2018: 3

World University Rankings 2017 : 110

The Guardian University League Tables 2018 : 3

QS World University Ranking 2018: 92


Address University of St Andrews St Katherine's West 16 The Scores St Andrews Fife KY16 9AX

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