Academic and sporting excellence

St Andrews offers students a world-class academic education and a professionally run rugby programme as part of the truly unique student experience.

Over the last 600 years, the University of St Andrews has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading research and teaching centres. The University’s size gives students at all levels access to top academic staff, and with students from over 140 different countries and territories, every student gets a truly international experience.


St Andrews offers a flexible degree structure based on your choice of subject or research specialism, creating an environment which nurtures inquisitive minds and a culture of shared learning. Our consistently high rankings in both national and global league tables place us within the top 100 world universities.

Saints Rugby


The University of St Andrews has developed one of the best supported rugby programmes in the UK, which caters for all levels of ability, focuses on an athlete-centred approach, development, hard work and enjoyment.

The club trains up to five times per week focusing on skill development and team preparation, and these sessions are supplemented by sport specific Strength and Conditioning.


The Men’s 1st XV continue to be one of the top performing teams at St Andrews, with the Men’s 1st XV recognised as one of 14 teams at the University within the Performance Sport programme.

Scottish Varsity Match

The fixture between the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh, dates back more than 160 years and is believed to be the oldest varsity match in the world.

Taking centre stage on the international pitch at BT Murrayfield, this ancient rivalry sees over 10,000 supporters, students, alumni, friends and family attend each year, in what is the showcase event of student rugby in Scotland.

St Andrews reclaim Scottish Varsity Match Trophy

The programme

We aim to provide the very best support and a comprehensive programme of training and competition to enable our students to harness their full potential and gain the very best rugby experience whilst at St Andrews, including:

  • comprehensive weekly training programme
  • individual specialist skills coaching
  • sport specific Strength and Conditioning
  • fitness testing
  • video analysis
  • team and individual feedback and mentoring
  • sports science support (nutrition,hydration,psychology,recovery)
  • comprehensive pre-season and mid-season training camps
  • leadership and personal development programme
  • full time physiotherapy support