Physics and astronomy
Explore and understand the science behind our world and universe, from the atomic and subatomic scale all the way to stars and galaxies. Learn how this central science underpins ideas in fields such as electronics, lasers, music and semiconductors.
St Andrews is home to state-of-the-art research labs and its own observatory with the largest operational telescope in Scotland.
The School of Physics and Astronomy offers PhD research opportunities in the following areas:
- condensed matter
To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.
First in Scotland and fourth in the UK for physics
Guardian University Guide 2023
First in Scotland and second in the UK for physics and astronomy
The Complete University Guide 2023
98% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of Physics and Astronomy
The School of Physics and Astronomy provides teaching excellence through small class sizes and accessible staff who enjoy explaining the excitement of physics and astronomy to students. The School has research expertise in astrophysics, condensed matter, and photonics.
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