Reputation

As a 600-year-old institution, it's no surprise that the University of St Andrews is known across the globe as a world leader in education. Our consistently high rankings in both national and global league tables place us within the top 100 world universities.

The University was the highest ranking Scottish University in the 2020 Complete University Guide and was judged to be the third best university in the UK. St Andrews was also the top Scottish University in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019. The 2020 Guardian University Guide ranked the University of St Andrews as the second best university in the UK. According to the QS University World Rankings 2020, St Andrews is one of the world's top 100 universities. The University is ranked 100th in the 2020 guide, the 13th year in succession that St Andrews has been placed among the top 10% of global education institutions. 

Students in red gowns gathered in St Marys Quad

The University of St Andrews also ranks highly for research, with a particularly high percentage of research in Psychology and English Literature being rated at 4* by the REF 2014, which means it is world-leading in terms of originality, significance, or rigour.

Subject rankings

The University of St Andrews also features in league tables for its excellence in specific subjects. Most subjects offered by the University are often ranked within the UK's top 10, with many highly placed in the 2020 Guardian University Guide.

Employer reputation

St Andrews fantastic reputation throughout the world makes the University of St Andrews graduates highly valued by employers. The Complete University Guide 2019 rank St Andrews 3rd in Scotland for graduate prospects.