St Andrews academic schools ranked top in the UK

Tuesday 26 May 2015

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The University of St Andrews has again been ranked the best university in the United Kingdom after Oxbridge and top in Scotland, according to a new higher education league table published today (Tuesday May 26 2015).

The Guardian University Guide 2016 places St Andrews 3rd in the UK and the only Scottish university in the top 15 of the 119 universities ranked.

The Guardian’s league tables rank universities according to: spending per student; the student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; what grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual National Student Survey (NSS).

St Andrews academic schools performed strongly with four – Computer Science, Geography, International Relations and Divinity – being ranked top in the UK.

Chemistry, History, Philosophy and Art History all secured second place while Physics, English and Earth and Marine Science were ranked third.

Management, Classics and Mathematics were all ranked in the UK top 5, and Biosciences, Medicine, Modern Languages and Psychology were placed in the top ten.

The Guardian Guide is the third recent major league table in which the University of St Andrews has performed strongly.

Last week the prestigious Leiden Ranking 2015 placed the University 45th in the world in a comprehensive survey of 750 major universities worldwide.

Last month the University was named best in Scotland and 5th in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2016.

University of St Andrews Principal Professor Louise Richardson said:

“We are all delighted that so many of our Schools have been judged to be the best, or among the best, in the country.

“Success at this level is only possible with a very gifted academic staff, the engagement of the very best students and the support of an unrivalled professional staff. This result reflects a formidable team effort.”

Notes to news editors

The Leiden World Rankings 2015 are available at:

The Complete University Guide 2016 is available at:

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office, contactable on 01334 467310 or [email protected].

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