The University of St Andrews was founded in 1413. It is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the English speaking world.
Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research.
Courses and Specialisms
A wide variety of academic courses are taught through 20 schools in four faculties:
Courses are modular, so the degree structure is flexible, with some subjects being offered across the two faculties of Arts and Science.
The BSc Medicine is the only course which is not modular. Students complete their studies and clinical training in a partner medical school, either Manchester Medical School or one of the four Scottish Medical Schools: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
The university teaches a wide range of subjects to over 8,000 students, including 7,047 full time undergraduates. 31% of undergraduate students are from overseas.
Depending on the subject you study, you may be able to complete part of your undergraduate course abroad. This could be through the European Erasmus+ Programme or exchanges with partner universities in countries including Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, Uruguay and USA.
According to HESA, 95.8% of students went into employment or further study within six months after graduating in 2014/15.
Facilities and Services
The university is a major part of the town of St Andrews, and accounts for half of the population of the town. It is a very tight-knit community. There is a diverse range of social activities including over 180 student clubs and societies and over 60 sports clubs.
Nearly half of students live in halls, with a range of catered and self-catered accommodation available. There are current plans to extend accommodation by a capacity of 900 rooms. The university already provides more accommodation per head of population than any other university in Scotland.
Saints Sport is the body that delivers a range of physical activity and exercise programmes across the university, including sport, fitness classes and health services. It is a partnership between the Athletic Union and the Department of Sport and Exercise.
The University Sports Centre provides classes, a place to train, or play sport at any level. The facilities are open to members of the university and the general public. Athletes who are competing at international levels are eligible to join the University Supported Athlete Programme. There is currently a £14 million redevelopment underway of the sports facilities, providing a new sports hall, a larger and better-equipped fitness suite, tennis centre and expanded changing facilities. The final phase is due for completion in October 2017.
The University of St Andrews is ranked the top university in Scotland in both the Guardian University Guide 2017 and The Times/Sunday Times University Guide 2017. It is ranked third overall in the UK respectively in both guides, behind Oxford and Cambridge.
Courtesy of University of St Andrews