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University of St Andrews Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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The University of St Andrews is one of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom, located in Scotland. The university was founded in 1410, and since then it has been regarded as a top-ranking university in the country as well as in the world.

Students studying at the University of St Andrews experience world-class teaching faculties and a flexible degree structure.

  • The undergraduate and graduate applicants have to apply through the online portal
  • It has over 10000 students in total, out which around 8000 are undergraduate students and 2000 are graduate students
  • The University accepts both TOEFL, IELTS and other standardized tests as proof of English proficiency
  • Applications for all the programs are assessed based upon the present and previous scores, recommendations, and personal statements.
  • Additionally, admission to a few of the programs like Medicine and Physics and Astronomy (Gateway), Computer Science (Gateway), the General degree and some part-time courses is based upon interview performance.
  • Applicants studying at the University of St Andrews for more than 6 months have to apply for a Tier 4 Visa.


Admission Requirements for International StudentsOnline Admission Portal
Application Fee£50
University typePublic University
CampusCollege Town
Acceptance rate8.35%
Academic CalendarSemester based
Financial AidScholarships

University of St Andrews Application Deadlines

For admission into the undergraduate program, the application deadlines are the same for all courses except for medicine.

MedicineJanuary 31
All other programsJune 30

Most of the taught master’s programs will start in September leaving aside a few courses. Hence, the deadline for application for graduate admission is August 12, 2019.

University of St Andrews Undergraduate Admissions

Thousands of applicants apply to the St Andrews Undergraduate program every year. There are four faculties for the Undergraduate program- Arts, Science, Divinity, and Medicine.

Where to Apply: University of St Andrews undergraduate admission portal, UCAS or the Common Application.

Application Fee: £50

Admission Requirements: Applicants must take note of the following requirements for admission into the undergraduate program

  • Applicants must submit a personal statement detailing why they want to apply for the course.
  • An up-to-date official transcript showing the subjects that had been studied in high school. If the transcript is not in English, it must be sent along with the translated transcript.
  • An evaluation of the applicant’s character and academic ability by a teacher or a high school counselor must also be submitted.
  • The references should be in the form of a letter and must be signed by the referee.
  • Applicants can also use the referee report form available on the official site in the form of a pdf.
  • In case the applicant has taken any external tests like SAT, ACT, APS, the university recommends the students to send in the scores too. The college board reference number for these tests are as follows-
    • 7775 for SAT and AP
    • 5316 for ACT
  • Applicants must also submit their proof of English proficiency to the university
  • The applicant must not send any other information other than the documents stated above. If the university requires more documents, they will contact you through email.

University of St Andrews English Proficiency Test Requirements

The requirements of English proficiency for different faculties in the University of St Andrews is different and is summarised below

TOEFL (IBT)10010092NA

University of St Andrews Postgraduate Admissions

The graduate program at the University of St Andrews offers two categories of study- taught programs and research programs. Each of the master’s program varies in length, assessment methods and final qualification outcome.

Where to apply: University of St Andrews graduate admission portal

Postgraduate Taught Program Admission Requirements: 

The following are the admission requirements for applying for the taught graduate program at the university.

  • All applications must be submitted through the online form. Applicants must submit the supplementary documents required by the university in the relevant section of the online application form.
  • Applicants must submit the CV or the resume, stating all personal details, previous degrees, and employment to date.
  • A personal statement or a sample of academic writing in English is required for some graduate programs.
  • The sample of academic written work can be a part of your undergraduate course or from a project previously worked upon
  • On failing to produce any written work, the applicant can contact the appropriate school directly
  • Up to date official transcripts and degree certificates have to be submitted. The admission offices don’t ask for the original transcripts as they cannot be returned to the applicant.
  • Two original signed references will also have to be submitted.
  • The referees must include the full name and proposed a program of study of the applicant.
  • For applicants who cannot produce two academic references, one employment and one educational reference will work too.
  • When applying for more than one program, references will be required for each program
  • If English is not the first language of the applicant, then submission of proof of proficiency in the English language is a must.
  • GRE/GMAT scores are not required

Postgraduate Research Program Admission Requirements:

Before applying for a research program, ensure that you meet all the entry requirements which are mentioned below:

  • The research students do not have a provision to directly apply to a program of study. One must contact a supervisor to make the first move. Thus, it’s important to find out if the university has any supervisor in the area you want to research on.
  • Applicants applying for MFA, MRes or MPhil programs are not required to contact any supervisor before applying.
  • Admission to research programs in the faculties of Arts and Divinity is simply based on the grades of a Master's degree. However, research in science requires a first-class degree in Masters.
  • Applicants must submit their resume or CV
  • A research proposal
  • A sample of academic written work in English in around 500 words for most of the courses. However, research in the faculty of science is not required to submit this.
  • Two original signed academic references from teachers/mentors.
  • Official academic transcripts and degree certificates of the applicant
  • The applicant must also submit proof of English proficiency in case English is not their first language

English Proficiency test scores for graduate admissions

The University of St Andrews accepts the IELTS score for the graduate program

Graduate programsMinimum requirements
Taught programs6.0
Research Programs6.5

The University of St Andrews is one of the most competitive universities in the United Kingdom, placed in the top 5 best universities in the United Kingdom. It has a vibrant student life and stands for a holistic educational journey. The applicants must complete their application at the earliest and make necessary requirements for Visa.

The University releases the admission decision for UCAS applicants by March 31, however, for international students decisions are released on a rolling basis.

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