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The School of English has been ranked fifth overall in the UK in the most recent Times and Guardian league tables

English postgraduates

Friendly and intellectually stimulating

Friendly, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment and a wide range of postgraduate research topics to choose from.

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Expertise in all periods of English and Scottish literature

Thirty-one permanent staff members with expertise in all fields and periods of English and Scottish literature.

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Innovative teaching

The first Scottish University to offer a degree in Creative Writing


THE World University RankingsThe 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.

Complete University Guide badge‌In the present day, the School enjoys an international reputation as a centre for both academic research and literary creativity.  Amongst UK institutions, the School of English has recently been ranked 2nd in the Guardian University Guide and 3rd in the Complete University Guide.

The School's richest inheritance, however, is its collegiality: we pride ourselves on our friendliness, and on our common enthusiasm for great literature.

To all incoming Honours students enrolled in English modules in 2016-17

REF 2014: UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 Results

The School of English has been ranked third in the UK, and first in Scotland, in the most recent league table of research intensive departments (2014). With over 90% of our staff submitted, 86% of our research has been rated world leading and internationally excellent. In the previous research assessment exercise (2008) we were also ranked in the top ten, making the School one of the UK's consistently outstanding research departments.

The Marchmont Manuscript

Margaret Connolly was interviewed on Radio Scotland about the university's recent acquisition of the Marchmont manuscript. This sixteenth-century manuscript contains a copy of Regiam Majestatem, a collection of Scottish statutes and legal texts, written in Lowland Scots. A special point of interest is that the manuscript belonged to the poet Alexander Hume (1557‒1609), who was a graduate of St Mary's College. Hume went on to become a minister; his best known poem, a Christian pastoral, is 'Of the Day Estivall'.

More details about the manuscript may be found in the press release:,608078,en.php.

The interview with Mhairi Stuart can be heard at: (at 51:19).

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