About the School of Management

The School of Management at the University of St Andrews is a globally recognised hub of research, study, teaching excellence and policy engagement.

The School welcomes students from over 50 countries around the world, who come to learn, meet like-minded people and strengthen their future careers.

Proudly committed to a responsible enterprise ethos, the School aims to achieve the highest level of demonstrable benefit to society through its research. To this end, staff and students work together to create a welcoming and wholly inclusive environment for work and study. In support of this commitment to advancing equality and inclusion, the School was awarded the Athena SWAN bronze in April 2017.

Management at St Andrews was ranked overall first in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2020 and by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. The University was also ranked overall first in Scotland, and second in the UK for business, management and marketing by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Gateway building with roses in bloom

Research

The School of Management develops world-leading research, tackling many themes related to responsible enterprise. It was placed 2nd in Scotland and 13th in the UK for the quality of its research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The School is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

Overall research has received a 4* rating for 'world leading' and 3* for 'internationally excellent'. For its research impact, almost three-quarters of the School’s work was rated 'world leading', placing it 4th out of the 101 submissions in the UK.

The School organises its research into four key, interdisciplinary themes and research groups and is home to seven research centres and institutes.

Teaching

The School has a critical approach to management which sets it apart from more conventional business schools. It offers study centred around a variety of theoretical perspectives, and focussing on a wide range of organisational forms from entrepreneurial start-ups to third sector and NGOs.

It has over 400 undergraduate students, over 200 taught postgraduates, and a growing cohort of more than 30 postgraduate research students.

Students consistently rate the School very highly in the National Student Survey (NSS) and other league tables, placing Management at St Andrews in the top five in the UK in the NSS 2019.

Furthermore, faculty in the School have won peer-reviewed University Teaching Excellence Awards, as well as Student Teaching Awards, most recently in 2019 for teaching excellence and innovation.

Find more about studying at the School of Management on the pages for prospective students

Principles for Responsible Management Education

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) logo, saying, 'an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact'

In 2008, the School was one of the first academic institutions to endorse the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Backed by the United Nations, the PRME initiative aims to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. See the School's most recent bi-annual PRME progress report.

Facilities

The School is based in the Gateway Building just a few minutes' walk from both the beautiful North Sea coast and the historic and bustling heart of St Andrews.

Teaching rooms, computer facilities, quiet study areas and groupwork space are all available in the Gateway's bright, modern surroundings. The School also has a dedicated postgraduate research room.

students working in the Gateway building

History

The School of Management was formed in 2004 by merging the expertise of the Department of Management and the Centre for Business Education. The following year, it was named 'best in Scotland' for business studies in both the Guardian and the Times. It has stayed high in the rankings and league tables ever since.

The School is proud to have its own registered tartan. The colours reflect the University of St Andrews coat of arms and express qualities the School hopes to instil in its graduates.

The tartan's pattern uses blue and white from the Saltire, Scotland's flag, which is at the centre of the University shield. Black threads represent written communication, gold is for the persuasive spoken word, and red for courage.

tartan of the School of Management