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St Andrews is a town on the east coast of Scotland, around 30 miles north-east of Edinburgh. Known for its status as the birthplace of golf, St Andrews is also home to the University of St Andrews, one of the oldest higher education institutions in the English-speaking world.
St Andrews has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, although it didn’t rise to prominence until it became the ecclesiastical centre of Scotland during the medieval period. Built in 1160, St Andrews Cathedral was the largest building in Scotland until it fell into disrepair during the 16th century. Sadly, ruins are all that’s left of the cathedral nowadays.
The establishment of the University of St Andrews in 1410 was a key moment in the history of the town, making it the home of the oldest university in Scotland (and the third oldest in the United Kingdom after Oxford and Cambridge). As you’d expect, the University of St Andrews is a major presence in the town – around half the local population study or work at the university.
St Andrews is widely seen as the birthplace of golf, with the sport’s governing body – the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews – based in the town. The Old Course at St Andrews was established in 1552 and is the oldest in the world, regularly playing host to the Open Championship.
Even if you’re not into golf, there’s plenty to keep postgraduates occupied in St Andrews. The St Andrews West Sands are two miles of pristine sandy beaches, perfect for a post-library stroll or a variety of water sports like windsurfing and sea kayaking.
The Museum of the University of St Andrews has an incredible collection of artefacts relating to the university and town’s history, from medieval maces to a 16th-century astrolabe (an intricate instrument used in astronomy).
Edinburgh is only an hour away by train, offering outstanding cultural highlights in a picturesque setting, while Dundee – another vibrant Scottish cultural and higher education hub – is 30 minutes north of St Andrews.
Postgraduate student accommodation in St Andrews includes self-catered and catered options, with halls of residence as well as studio apartments.
The University of St Andrews is a public research university that was founded at the beginning of the 15th century. The third oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of St Andrews has a global reputation for teaching and research excellence.
Tourism and hospitality are big parts of the local economy in St Andrews, while the university itself is a major employer.
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The MLitt in Art History is designed to develop and enhance core research and writing skills, to introduce and deepen knowledge of the theoretical and methodological foundations of Art History, and to enable students to explore current critical debates, art media and contextual questions. Read more
The MSc in Computer Science is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Computer Science. The course consists of two semesters with taught components followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August. Read more
The MSc in Digital Health explores how healthcare is being transformed through data analysis and digital technologies. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of digital health principles and practice and learn applied skills needed in digital health roles. Read more
The MLitt in Film Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Film Studies. The programme approaches the study of film through a varied intellectual approach, exploring cinema in a global context. Read more
The MLitt in Gender Studies explores the theory and history of gender studies. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender is defined, generated, and communicated as well as learn applied skills in textual, visual, and comparative analysis. Read more
The MA (Hons) in International Relations will teach you to explore issues such as the origins of war and peace, the making of foreign policy, trade regimes, international terrorism, human rights, international law, and the interaction of political and economic development. Read more
The Masters in Management is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Management. This programme is designed for students from a non-business discipline with little or no work experience. Read more
The MLitt in Modern History is a taught postgraduate programme run by the School of History. The course provides an introduction to history and historiography for students interested in all branches of historical study. Read more
The MLitt in Modern Languages is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Modern Languages. Students on this MLitt choose to study one of the following language culture pathways. Read more
The Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters in Advanced Systems Dependability is a two-year taught programme run jointly by computer science departments at the University of St Andrews, Maynooth University and Université de Lorraine Nancy in France. Read more
The MSc in Animal Behaviour is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Biology. This programme has a distinct focus on the theoretical, experimental design-based, analytical and technical approaches underpinning modern animal behaviour research. Read more