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 St Andrews, United Kingdom

Scotland’s first university, an experience like no other

University of St Andrews

Scotland’s first university, an experience like no other

Founded in 1413, St Andrews is Scotland’s first university. St Andrews is a unique and captivating place, and the University is a key part of its charm. Seven centuries of history link the students with the town, leading to the ancient and yet modern institution apparent today.

Our graduates go on to help shape the world, from ambassadors, cutting edge researchers and inventors, to market leading CEOs and experts – and even a signatory of the American declaration of independence - St Andrews will help you to realise your potential, wherever in the world you go.

Break boundaries, lead change, question what you know, and build your future self with a postgraduate programme at St Andrews.

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Scotland’s first university, an experience like no other


Our programmes are challenging, highly acclaimed and will leave you with a qualification recognised around the world. Whether you are looking for a comprehensive taught course, or a deep research based degree, the University of St Andrews will help catapult you towards achieving your goals.

For postgraduate level, we offer 1-year intensive Masters programmes, faster than the standard 18 months programmes in many overseas locations, allowing international students to achieve their degree in a shorter space of time.


We are 1st in Scotland (Guardian University Guide 2024) and in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide 2024), but most importantly we are the best in the UK for student experience. Voted by students themselves in the National Student Survey (2023), the experience of life and study with us is un-matched around the country. We are also ranked in the global top 100 institutes (QS 2024) making us internationally recognised.

Integrated into the small town of St Andrews with great transport links to nearby cities and the world beyond, you have the space to think and excel at your studies, along with the ability to get out for the day and explore.

Our unique scale builds a strong and lasting sense of belonging and safety that is hard to find in other places and allows us to provide individual attention to everyone who chooses to study here.

Scotland’s first university, an experience like no other

Funding and scholarships

There are a number of different scholarships available for postgraduate students from all over the world. Further information on all of these can be found on our website.


Our graduates are in high demand by employers everywhere because of our reputation and the high-quality skills and abilities gained from their studies here.

97% of our graduates are in work or further study within 6 months of graduating, a number we are very proud of. Our Careers centre will support you in finding your position, or your path, from day 1 of your studies until well after you graduate. With alumni in industries all over the world we can also connect you to former students already working in your field of interest, opening up networking, career and work-experience opportunities, on top of just being able to get advice on how to get to where you want to be.

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We offer specialist MSc Computer Science degrees in Artificial Intelligence, Networks and Distributed Systems and Software Engineering. We also offer the more general MSc in Advanced Computer Science, and part of the Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems. These degrees provide the chance to study the most advanced topics in Computer Science in a vibrant community of world-class researchers, and require applicants to have a good first degree in Computer Science.

We offer MSc degrees in Human Computer Interaction, Information Technology, Computing & Information Technology and Management & Information Technology. These are open to graduates in all disciplines.

All of our MSc degrees follow a portfolio structure in which students take a designated set of core modules, together with a range of others selected from a common pool.

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The study of English at the University of St Andrews has a long and distinguished history that is sustained in the scholarly, critical, and creative dynamism of today's School of English. In the present day, the School enjoys an international reputation as a centre for both academic research and literary creativity. In the 2008 RAE, the School had 70% of its research and writing rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. The School's richest inheritance, however, is its collegiality: we pride ourselves on our friendliness, and on our common enthusiasm for great literature.

Postgraduate students are an integral part of this research-intensive school. At any one time there is a community of more than 80 students reading for either MLitt, MFA, MPhil or PhD degrees in English. Research students' work covers the broadest ranges within English, American and Commonwealth literature, while taught MLitt degrees include Creative Writing, Mediaeval English, Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, Romantic/Victorian Studies, Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture, and Women, Writing and Gender.

The hub of the postgraduate community is 66 North Street, an early nineteenth-century building entirely given over to English postgraduates. It offers benchrooms of networked computers for all postgraduates and shared office-space for more senior PhD students as well as a common room, kitchen and lovely private garden, all within five minutes' walk of both the School and the University Library.

All research postgraduates are associate members of at least one of the School's four research groups:

Medieval and Renaissance
18th Century, Romantic and Victorian
Modern and Contemporary
Creative Writing

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The School of Physics and Astronomy has major research areas in photonics, condensed matter physics, and astrophysics, both experimental and theoretical/computational. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the School's research was rated joint second in the UK for physics.

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The School of Psychology at St Andrews is a world class department with a long and distinguished history and excellent modern facilities. There are currently 27 members of academic staff all of whom are research active.

As well as succeeding in the 2008 RAE, the School was in the top category in each one of the previous research assessments. This was an achievement held by only three other departments of psychology, Cambridge, Oxford and York. The School has similarly been graded as ‘excellent’ (pdf) in each teaching review.

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