THE University of St Andrews is continuing to snap at the heels of Cambridge and Oxford.
In the Guardian University Guide 2016 table, St Andrews has maintained its third place behind its Oxbridge counterparts.
It also performed well on individual subject rankings, coming tops for Computer Science, Geography, Politics and Religious Studies.
Heriot-Watt and the University of Edinburgh have also made the Guardian’s top 20 UK universities.
St Andrews was recently named the best in Scotland and joint fifth in the UK in the Complete University Guide’s league
The league table ranks higher education institutions based on spending per student; student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; required grades for entry; value-added-score comparing entry qualifications with final degree results and satisfaction of final-year students.
Glasgow University rises one place from 25th to 24th while Strathclyde also rose from 38th to 33rd.
The University of Dundee jumps nine places from 47th to 38th while Aberdeen remains at number 41.
Robert Gordon is up to 46th from 51st and Edinburgh Napier surged from 78th to 64th, one ahead of Stirling University, which fell two places from 63rd to 65th.
Other Scots universities include Queen Margaret (76th); Glasgow Caledonian (89th); Abertay (93rd) and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at 115th.
Overall, St Andrews made the top five for 15 subjects; Edinburgh for nine; Heriot-Watt and Glasgow for five; Robert Gordon for three and Dundee and Glasgow Caledonian for one apiece - fourth for Medicine and second for Anatomy and Physiology respectively.