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The School of English has been ranked 1st 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 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

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.

New play on women in World War One

The 306 Day promo

'The 306: Day', the second play of Oliver Emanuel's critically acclaimed trilogy about World War One, opens at the Station Hotel in Perth before heading out for a Scottish tour in a production by the National Theatre of Scotland. Inspired by real events and first-hand accounts, 'The 306: Day' follows the lives of three ordinary women fighting to be heard above the clamour of battle. It's a co-production with Perth Theatre, Stellar Quines, 1418 NOW and Red Note Ensemble and runs from 5th May to 3rd June. Details can be found on:

Alongside the production, Oliver will be talking about writing the plays at the Glasgow Women's Library and in Perth. Details can be found here:

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