School of Physics & Astronomy

MSc in Astrophysics

Taught Postgraduate MSc


This is a twelve-month taught MSc in Astrophysics, including a ~3.5-month research project. The programme is intended to provide an entry route to astrophysics research and potentially PhD programmes for students who have taken an undergraduate BSc degree in Physics, Mathematics or equivalent cognate discipline.

Students will gain experience in the core areas of astrophysics, and develop the necessary research skills to carry out astrophysical research. The programme consists of 120 lecture and tutorial based credits covering areas of both theoretical and observational astrophysics. Students will be able and encouraged to use the University Observatory and the James Gregory Telescope, the largest working optical telescope in the UK.

Applications for the MSc in Astrophysics programme can be made online using the University of St Andrews process. The application details will come to this School of Physics and Astronomy and will be considered by the admissions committee for the programme. We anticipate being able to make some offers to excellent candidates in January-March, with offers to others being sent out from then until early summer. Early application is advised.

Successful applicants will have at least a 2.I degree in physics, mathematics, or related topic, or the equivalent qualification from universities outside the UK.

St Andrews Physics and Astronomy were rated in the top 4 in the UK's recent Research Excellence Framework. The Astronomy group in St Andrews comprises 14 academics, 14 postdoctoral researchers and 20 PhD students. Astronomy research in St Andrews spans the realms from extrasolar planets, star and planet formation, stellar magnetospheres to the Galactic interstellar medium, active galactic nuclei, galaxy structure and evolution to cosmology, dark matter and alternative theories of gravity. We have been awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees in astronomy and astrophysics for over 60 years.

Information is available from our university central pages about tuition fees for this programme.