University of St Andrews

St Andrews | Central Scotland and Fife

Political Creative Town By the sea

Ucas code: S36

St Andrews is a unique combination of ancient and modern, local and global. Founded in 1413 we are the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. The city is quite small the University accounts for approximately half the population but it has a distinctly cosmopolitan air due to the presence of students and staff from more than a hundred countries.
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What students say about this university

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    • Academic Experience

      There is a high volume of work but it is well worth the effort, through time all you learn begins to come together into a...

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      2013, 1st year, Pre Clinical Medicine

      Academic Experience

      There is a high volume of work but it is well worth the effort, through time all you learn begins to come together into a strong foundation for the years ahead.

      2013, 1st year, Pre Clinical Medicine

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    • Academic Experience

      Because I have to do three subjects for the first two years I get more tuition than if I was only studying one subject. I enjoy...

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      2013, 1st year, English Literature

      Academic Experience

      Because I have to do three subjects for the first two years I get more tuition than if I was only studying one subject. I enjoy weekly tutorials for each subject and the small group discussions in these

      2013, 1st year, English Literature

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    • Academic Experience

      2nd year Chemistry had 12 hours of labs and 8 hours of lectures or tutorials a week. On average I would spend either all...

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      2013, 2nd year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      2nd year Chemistry had 12 hours of labs and 8 hours of lectures or tutorials a week. On average I would spend either all evenings or all weekend writing up my 2 lab reports and 2 tutorials for that week. The tutorials are great for ensuring you understand the work but feedback on lab reports can be lacking. The lab demonstrators though are more than happy to help you if you are finding it difficult.

      2013, 2nd year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Academic Experience

      Academic experience: excellent. Chemistry - large number of contact hours. Maybe 3 hr/lectures a day and then 5-12 hours of...

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      2013, 3rd year, Organic Chemistry

      Academic Experience

      Academic experience: excellent. Chemistry - large number of contact hours. Maybe 3 hr/lectures a day and then 5-12 hours of labs a week (depending on what year you're in). You get a choice of modules and can change course, within certain constraints, within your first few years. Contact the admissions tutor if you have any questions - she is very helpful. Work: 1st/2nd year: tutorials and lab reports; exams. 3rd year: exams 4th year: exams and research project OR (if on placement) distance learning assessments (open book) and research project. 5th year: exams and research project There is always a balance between exams and continual assessment. Feedback is always given - though sometimes there may be a small wait for it. You can ask any academic at any time for feedback on your work, though. The teaching labs are brand new and excellent. In contrast to most universities, you have access to high-tech analytical equipment from your first year, and as part of your lab courses will submit NMR samples and analyse your actual data, rather than "example data" provided by the course organiser. In terms of workload, aside from the contact hours you have a couple of tutorials per week, and maybe one lab report. This isn't a very high load on your "free time" and is well below what some other subjects seem to suffer. The flipside is that we have less free time, anyway! It's a great course in a great, friendly department. By the time you leave, you'll be on first-name terms with at least some of the lecturers.

      2013, 3rd year, Organic Chemistry

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    • Accommodation

      In my first year I stayed in catered, shared bathroom halls and had a shared bedroom. My hall was in a central location so was...

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      2013, 3rd year, Physical Geographical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      In my first year I stayed in catered, shared bathroom halls and had a shared bedroom. My hall was in a central location so was very convenient for lectures and for the shops. I was nervous about sharing a room at first but it was great. We got on really well and it was nice to have someone to go out and meet new people with as I was nervous and my roommate more confident than me. We have remained good friends and lived together for two further years in private accommodation. I found this style of hall very sociable and I really enjoyed my year there. I liked the food in halls and there was plenty to eat, with multiple choices each day. The hall committee organised lots of events for us, in freshers' week for people to get to know each other and throughout the year.

      2013, 3rd year, Physical Geographical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Facilities

      There are many libraries and so you can often find somewhere to sit in one of them, but during exam periods you must get their...

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      2012, 1st year, Psychobiology

      Facilities

      There are many libraries and so you can often find somewhere to sit in one of them, but during exam periods you must get their early to get a seat. They are fitted out with computers and facilities for printing and photocopying. There are also small library areas in some of the halls, which are generally a bit quieter. Many of the university buildings for the sciences are modern and the ones for arts older and more traditional, therefore fitting the subjects well. The labs are modern and fitted with all the equipment needed. The sports facilities are fairly good, although the gym is rather small and so there is often a waiting list to get in to use the exercise machines or to get into the exercise classes. PCs are readily available, however there are often very small numbers of copies of books required by your course meaning it is often necessary to buy a copy in order to be able to read it.

      2012, 1st year, Psychobiology

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Varied union activities

73%

MED

Creative

73%

HIGH

Sporty

68%

MED

Political

63%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

34%

LOW

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 96% HIGH
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Student score 87% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

93%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

9,465

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

78%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

14%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

56%

of students are female

Young / Mature

11%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

46%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

72%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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    Medicine lab

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    Modern languages lecture

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    School of management

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    Seminar

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