St Andrews is in a breathtaking position in the Kingdom of Fife overlooking the North Sea. It is well known for being the birthplace of golf and for its university which was founded over 600 years ago (1413) and is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world as well as the oldest in Scotland. The ruins of the Cathedral and the Castle are also a reminder that the town was a focal point for bishops and kings, saints and martyrs.
The University is both historically and physically closely integrated with the town. The growth in the sciences at the University has been accommodated at the North Haugh campus on the edge of St Andrews where the School of Medicine, School of Physics and Astronomy and the Biomedical Sciences Research complex are at less than 5 min walking distance. The School of Psychology and Neurosciences is in the the centre of town at about 20 min walking distance. The Sports Centre with adjacent playing fields and also some of the University’s halls of residence are located in this area.