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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

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 fiction for Lesley Glaister

The Squeeze

Novelist Lesley Glaister's new book The Squeeze has just been published by Salt. Set between 1989 and the downfall of Ceaușescu, and 2013, The Squeeze travels between Edinburgh, Romania and Oslo as it follows the transactions of its two main characters: Marta, who was trafficked from Romania in the early 1990s and who is forced to work as a prostitute in Edinburgh, and Mats, a Norwegian businessman who longs only to be a good husband and father. Told in a splintered narrative style that allows glimpses into several points of view,The Squeeze is an exploration into sex, money and above all the desire for love.

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