Flexible degree structure

The University of St Andrews operates on a modular degree system by which degrees are obtained through the accumulation of credits. The University's modular degree system makes undergraduate study here very flexible, and our module requirements are the same whether you are studying full time or part time.

A module is a self-contained unit of teaching, learning and assessment which is worth a fixed amount of credit. Most modules run for just one semester, and every module passed will gain you a set number of credits which will count towards your degree.

Full-time students will usually take 120 credits' worth of modules per year, which is typically 60 credits per semester. Part-time students will study half this number of credits per year. To gain an Honours degree, you will need to obtain 480 credits, and you will need 360 credits for a General Degree.

You will be required to take a number of specified modules to gain a specialised Honours degree, but you will also have opportunities during your study to take subjects outside of your own Faculty. You may be able to take up to 80 credits in total from another Faculty, though this will depend on the popularity and availability of the modules you wish to take.

Scottish Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (ScotCATS)

If you take a break from your programme of study, you can keep the credits you have already earned and add to them at a later date, within a fixed length of time. In addition, the Scottish Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (ScotCATS) will allow you to carry your credits on to other institutions, if you choose to continue your studies elsewhere.

European Credit Transfer Accumulation System (ECTS)

All modules in the Course Catalogue have an accreditation in the ECTS. The University operates on an annual load of 120 credits, and the ECTS one of 60 credits. For this reason, credits transferred to other institutions within the ECTS will be worth precisely half the number of credits shown for each module within the University of St Andrews. As the grade for each module will then be calculated according to ECTS procedures, it may not be the same grade awarded for the module by the University.