This page outlines the entry requirements for students who normally live in Northern Ireland and wish to study at the University of St Andrews. This includes the academic and English language requirements, as well as information on fees, scholarships and visas.
Undergraduate - academic requirements
If you are interested in undergraduate study at St Andrews, you must meet the University's entry requirements as outlined below.
- A-level candidates are expected to obtain grades ranging from AAB to AAA. Candidates are strongly encouraged to 'cash-in' AS-level grades and report them on their UCAS application form. The University will consider applicants with A* grade A-level qualifications on an individual basis.
- International Baccalaureate candidates are expected to obtain scores ranging from 35 to 38 points, with the majority of offers for subjects in the Faculty of Arts and Medicine being at the upper end of this range or higher.
The University of St Andrews welcomes applications from students achieving excellence in a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification is not listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not require a minimum number of GCSE A* grades from our candidates, but the overall number will be a factor when reviewing the annual applicant pool.
You will also be expected to meet the entry requirements set by the relevant Faculty for your programme of study. If you apply with less than the published minimum asking rate, you should expect to be unsuccessful due to the high number of applicants per place.
If your school or college offers a variety of entry qualifications, or if they are taken earlier than is usual, this should be clearly highlighted by your referee on the UCAS form.
You will also be expected to meet the entry requirements set by the relevant Faculty for your programme of study.
This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the undergraduate admissions policy.
Postgraduate - academic requirements
Postgraduate candidates will be expected to obtain a good first degree with Honours (at least 2.1) from a recognised UK university or equivalent.
Postgraduate entry requirements may be higher depending on the School and the programme you wish to study. For more information please contact the international team in Admissions by emailing email@example.com.
The degree of MD (Medicine) requires a medical qualification that is recognised by the UK General Council.
This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the postgraduate admissions policy.
English language requirements
All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at St Andrews.
We accept a wide range of language tests and qualifications as proof of English language proficiency. If you were educated outside the UK and/or use English as an additional language, you should include information about your English language proficiency with your application.
Undergraduate English language requirements
For full information about the language tests and qualifications that the University accepts for undergraduate applicants, please see the English language requirements for undergraduates.
Postgraduate English language requirements
For information on the language tests and qualifications which the University accepts for postgraduate students, please see the the English language requirements for postgraduates.
In order to fully prepare yourself for academic study, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses. These combine language development with academic skills and orientation and provide an excellent introduction to university life.
It may be a condition of your offer that you are required to take a 10-week or 4-week pre-sessional course.
You can find out more about pre-sessional courses in the pre-sessional courses section.
Visas and English language proficiency
Overseas students typically need a visa to study in the UK. See the visa section below to find out more about the English language proficiency tests required to obtain a visa.
Fees and funding
Undergraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews are classed as either Home (Scotland and the EU), RUK (rest of the UK) or Overseas for fees purposes. Information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them.
The current tuition fees for undergraduate students, as well as more information about financial assistance, can be found on the undergraduate tuition fees pages. To find out more about the scholarships available to undergraduate students, take a look at the undergraduate scholarships page.
Postgraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews are classed as either Home (EU) or Overseas for fees purposes. Information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them.
The current tuition fees for postgraduate students, as well as information about financial assistance can be found on the postgraduate fees and funding page. For information on postgraduate funding and scholarships, take a look at the postgraduate scholarships page.