University of St Andrews

Undergraduate Study

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Why St Andrews?


The School of Biology leads new students gently into the new challenges of University study. In First year each student is allocated a demonstrator in practical classes who will be there each week to guide through the skills and knowledge required and give weekly feedback on progress. In addition, each student has an Adviser of Studies has an open door policy.

Future employment and postgraduate degrees

Students studying Biology at the University of St Andrews progress to a wide variety of careers and further study. Normally around 40% of our students succeed in their applications to progess to PhD or Masters programmes and a further 30-40% engage in graduate employment destinations.

Why four years?

Whilst many school leavers are confident of the subjects they wish to study at University many are not. The advantage of the University of St Andrews is that each student has the opportunity to study one or two other subjects before finally deciding on their degree program of choice. In addition the first year gives each student the chance to settle into student life and gain a broad base to his or her education. Many employers recognize now the advantages of inter-disciplinary studies and the ability to think across fields of understanding and study. The structure of University of St Andrews degree produces students who have that edge in the recruitment market.


The University of St Andrews ranks very highly in the various newspaper rankings, for Biology it is normally top in Scotland and always in the top ten in the UK. For example, the Guardian ranked the School of Biology top in Scotland and fifth in the UK in 2011.

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