Philosophy at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK in the UK Research Excellence Framework.

In St Andrews 39% of the overall Philosophy profile met the standard for the 4* world-leading research grade, with a further 44% rated 3* internationally excellent and the remainder internationally recognised. In addition, 70% of the work submitted in the research environment category met the standard for 4* world-leading research with the REF Panel noting in particular the success of the SASP programme in placing students in academic posts following graduation.

In Stirling 62% of the overall Philosophy profile met at least the standard for the 3* internationally excellent grade and 80% of the work submitted in the research environment category also met the standard for internationally excellent work.

The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP) is taught by the Philosophy Departments in the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling. The philosophy graduate programmes of St Andrews and Stirling are fully merged for all postgraduate degrees.

St Andrews and Stirling together form Scotland's premier centre for philosophy and one of the top philosophy schools in the United Kingdom. The philosophical ambience is intense, friendly and co-operative.

We offer graduate teaching at a level that matches the best graduate programmes elsewhere in the world, in a wide area of philosophy and the history of philosophy.

You can get an idea of individual research interests within SASP from the departmental websites of St Andrews and Stirling.

Many recent SASP students now hold permanent or tenure-track positions in the US, the UK and elsewhere. For more details, see our placement record.

In the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report produced by Brian Leiter SASP was ranked the 3rd best philosophy program in the UK.

For further information about SASP, please browse this website or consult our frequently asked questions.