Applicants for the MLitt or MPhil should normally have a good first degree in philosophy: a very strong upper second class honours degree or its equivalent (or the equivalent level of pass in the SASP Conversion Diploma).

Applicants for direct entry to the PhD must have a very good masters degree in Philosophy.

All SASP degrees are taught in English. Applicants who are not native English speakers and whose undergraduate degree was not taught in English must submit a recognised English Language test.

The University of St Andrews also offers pre-sessional English courses.