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Physics and Astronomy (Gateway Programme BSc Hons)

Important entry information

Entry to first year is the standard entry route, and the route which can provide the broadest education, and which can give most flexibility in final choice of degree. Students who are aiming for a degree in Physics or Astrophysics and who enter with good Advanced Highers or A-levels or equivalent in Physics and Mathematics may apply for an accelerated entry route to the programme, which can reduce the length of the BSc Honours programme to three years and the MPhys programme to four years. The special Physics and Astronomy (Gateway) first year allows subsequent progression to the second year of all the single-honours degree programmes in the School, and the joint degrees with the School of Mathematics.

Programme Requirements

Gateway to Physics and Astronomy BSc: Year One
Code Module name Credits
PH1011 Physics 1A 20 AND
PH1012 Physics 1B 20 AND
PH1501 Mathematics for Physicists 1A 20 AND
PH1502 Physics Skills 1A 20 AND
PH1503 Physics Skills 1B 20 AND
MT1002 Mathematics 20 AND
Between 0 and 20 credits from Level 1000 options

Further requirements

Choose 120 credits in the academic year

Students may bypass PH1501 if they have sufficient mathematical qualifications.

In subsequent years, students follow the programme requirements for the relevant degree programme onto which they progress at the start of second year.

Automatic entry to Honours

Students who attain an average of grade 11.0 or above at the first sitting in each of the requisite 2000-level module combinations and who meet all other programme requirements will be given automatic offers of entry into Honours programmes.
Students permitted automatic entry to Honours will only be permitted to trail one module to a maximum of 30 subhonours credits into Honours.

BSc Honours

The general requirements are 480 credits over a period of normally four years (and not more than five years) or part-time equivalent, of which the final two years form an approved Honours programme of 240 credits, of which 90 credits are at 4000 level and at least a further 120 credits at 3000 and/or 4000 levels.


All the BSc, MSci, and MPhys single and joint Honours degrees in which Physics or Astrophysics is in the title are accredited by the UK Institute of Physics.

Study abroad

In the case of students who spend part of the Honours programme on a recognised Study Abroad scheme, the Programme Requirements will be amended to take into account overseas courses which are approved by the relevant St Andrews School in the Learning Agreement (see ).