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Gill at graduation

League Tables

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

Group discussion

Friendly and intellectually stimulating

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


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.

Creative Writers

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 1st 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

Honours Advising 2017-18

All incoming Honours students enrolled in English modules MUST attend the Advising session in pre-sessional week - please see the Honours Advising page for more information.

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.

Zinnie Harris at the Edinburgh International Festival

Zinnie Harris - Photographer: Sue Torkington

Zinnie Harris has three productions at the Edinburgh International Festival this summer: This Restless House, her adaptation of Aeschylus' Oresteia; a new version of Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros; and the world premiere of Meet Me At Dawn, a new play inspired by the myth of Orpheus and his rescue of his wife Eurydice from the underworld. This Restless House was selected as Best New Play at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland in 2016 and nominated for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards. The Edinburgh International Festival website features Zinnie talking about each of the plays:

Zinnie has recently been voted Best Director for her production of A Number by playwright Caryl Churchill at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2017:

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