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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 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
The PGDip/MSc in Applied Statistics and Datamining is a taught programme run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The course is aimed at those with a good degree containing quantitative elements who wish to gain statistical data analysis skills. Read more
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 Artificial Intelligence is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Computer Science. The course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August. Read more
The PGDip/MLitt in Bible and the Contemporary World is a part-time distance learning programme aimed at both lay people seeking personal development and clergy seeking continued professional development. Read more
The MLitt in Bible and the Contemporary World is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Divinity. Gain an understanding of how public issues and culture both shape and are shaped by Christian theology, biblical interpretation and practice. Read more
The MSc in Catalysis is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Chemistry. It is designed to equip students and professionals who have a degree in Chemistry or an allied subject with a range of analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills. Read more