School of Physics & Astronomy

Postgraduate admissions

Our School is always keen to hear from well qualified candidates who are interested in postgraduate admission. If you would like information on our taught MSc course, or in applying to carry out postgraduate research toward a PhD or EngD, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Secretary (email:, tel: 01334 463100).

Taught Postgraduate - MSc

The School currently offers a twelve-month taught postgraduate MSc degree programmes drawing on our expertise in Photonics & Optoelectronics teaching and research. The programme is run in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, and in cooperation with various UK companies in the photonics sector.

We also have a new MSc in Astrophysics which is now accepting applications for entry in September 2017.

Research Postgraduate - PhD & EngD

There are a number of options for prospective postgraduate students wishing to follow a research-based degree programme. We have PhD and EngDoc opportunities covering all research themes in the School. In addtion to traditional research-based training, these programmes offer advanced taught-course components.



St Andrews

View of St Andrews CastleSt. Andrews is a beautiful small town on the east coast of Scotland some 50 miles north of Edinburgh.  St Andrews is Scotland's first university.  The School of Physics and Astronomy has around 40 members of teaching staff and around 140 research staff and research students. As such, it is large enough to provide a wide coverage of physics and astronomy at undergraduate level and lively enough to produce significant research, but at the same time it is small enough for staff and students to get to know each other in a way that may not be possible at much larger institutions.  Our research groups have a recognised international profile, and work in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics, condensed matter physics, and photonics. The School has been awarded Juno Practioner status by the UK Institute of Physics, indicating that is aims to have good practice for management for all staff, including under-represented groups.