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The School of English has been ranked 1st overall in the UK in the most recent Times league table

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.

St Andrews 1st in the UK for English

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.

Launch of new online poetry journal

The Scores Issue 1The School of English is proud to announce the launch of The Scores, a new online journal of poetry. Our first issue features a new essay by Clive James (offering advice in the footsteps of Rilke's 'Letter to a Young Poet' in what will become a regular slot), an interview with Sam Riviere, new poetry from a host of luminaries including Karen Solie, John Glenday, Helen Mort, Mimi Khalvati and Maurice Riordan, translations by Robert Crawford and Kevin MacNeil, new work by St Andrews alumni Niall Campbell and Rachael Boast, and reviews of recent publications - as well as extraordinary new artwork from postgraduate students at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee.

The new journal is currently open for submissions via its online page and the full journal can be read here:

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