Astrophysics MPhys (Honours) 2022 entry
The Integrated Masters degree in Astrophysics allows you to embark on a guided exploration of the science of the Universe, from our solar system to black holes and from extrasolar planets to galaxy clusters. You will develop core physics, mathematics, and computational skills to allow you to model these systems and to analyse complicated data sets. Students will be able to use some of the telescopes at the University Observatory, which contains the largest operational optical telescope in the UK.
The degree is a great starting point for further research in astrophysics, but also gives you competencies that are useful in a wide range of careers in physics-based industry, in analysing 'big data', and more generally in areas such as finance and management.
Students can also take Astrophysics as a four-year BSc degree (or three-year with direct entry to second year), and may also be interested in the BSc in Physics, the Integrated Masters in Physics, or the Physics and Astronomy Gateway programme.
All St Andrews Physics and Astronomy degree programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics for the UK and Ireland.
The School of Physics and Astronomy has an excellent reputation for the high quality of its teaching and research.
The School was ranked first in the UK by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, first in Scotland and second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022 and first in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2022.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2021. More than 93% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University was also ranked the top University in the UK by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 by virtue of its strong performances in student satisfaction, research, teaching quality, entry standards and graduate outcomes.
In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School (in a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh) was ranked third in the UK for research quality.
Physics and astronomy at St Andrews
“Physics is a collaborative subject and full of students who are enthusiastic and hard working. The flexible course structure means you have the option to choose subjects outside of your selected degree. St Andrews offers a unique experience and there is always something to do - with a wide range of societies and sports clubs that you can join.”
Danica (Swansea, Wales)