Reputation

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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 of world universities.

The University was the highest ranking Scottish University in the 2018 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 2017. The 2017 Guardian University Guide ranked the University of St Andrews as the third best university in the UK. According to the QS University World Rankings 2016-2017, we are placed 77th, marking 10 years that St Andrews has made the world’s top 100 universities. 

The 2015 CWTS Leiden Ranking set us as the 45th top university in the world, and the 2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings recently ranked the University of St Andrews as the 36th best university in the world for Arts and Humanities. 

We also rank highly for our research, with a particularly high percentage of our 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 2016 Guardian University Guide.

Employer reputation

Our fantastic reputation throughout the world makes University of St Andrews graduates highly valued by employers. The Sunday Times University Guide 2015 ranks us highly for graduate prospects.