University of St Andrews

Founded in 1413, St Andrews is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and rated second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2021. Known for its rich history as well as cutting-edge research and teaching, the University of St Andrews is an innovative Scottish institution with a global orientation, committed to attracting the best minds from around the world. St Andrews holds a deep-rooted commitment to embedding sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and social responsibility throughout all areas of university life. 

The University blends the cosmopolitanism of an international university with a strong sense of community as a result of its location in a small and ancient coastal town. Its diverse community of academics, staff and students, drawn from over 130 countries, enables St Andrews to take a global perspective aimed at achieving excellence and leadership in research, teaching and the pursuit of knowledge for the cultural and societal common good.  

The St Andrews approach to learning and teaching offers a combination of traditional and new methods. The University delivers an award-winning student experience that is regularly voted as amongst the very best by students in the National Student Survey. Specialised and flexible programmes are offered across four Faculties (Arts, Divinity, Science, Medicine), with an emphasis on intensive, small-class tuition. More than 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students study within an environment that is safe, stimulating, rewarding and interactive. 

As a research-intensive university, St Andrews brings together leading scholars from around the globe to explore and challenge the world around us. The University values curiosity-led research and scholarship, and its size and structure promote working across traditional disciplines. St Andrews commitment to pursuing ground-breaking research is further underscored by its investment in world-class facilities, which includes the recent redevelopment of the Scottish Oceans Institute. Entrepreneurial St Andrews, one of the University’s strategic themes, is also driving sustainability-led innovation and strengthening engagement between academia and industry. 


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Facts and figures

Year Established 1413
Total Number of Staff 2940
Number of Academic Staff 1302
Number of Students 10119
Focus Areas
  • Peace, conflict, and security 
  • Cultural understanding 
  • Evolution, behaviour, and environment 
  • Materials for the modern world 
  • Health, infectious disease, and wellbeing 
  • Sustainability 
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Fields of Study Offered Arts (broad programmes)
Humanities (broad programmes)
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Life science (broad programmes)
Physical science (broad programmes)
Mathematics and statistics (broad programmes)
Health (broad programmes)