Gateway to Physics and Astronomy 2021 entry
The Gateway to Physics and Astronomy provides an alternative entry route, with built-in additional support, for Scottish students who meet some or all of the University's widening participation criteria.
In the Gateway entry year, you will study the same core physics modules and a math module as students on the traditional entry route, and some modules that are available only to those on the Gateway to Physics and Astronomy programme. The Gateway-specific modules aim to develop important academic skills within the context of astrophysics, physics, and mathematics study.
After successfully completing your first year, you will be able to progress from the Gateway programme to the second year of one of a number of the degree programmes in physics and related subjects. There are a number of scholarships available for students on this Gateway programme.
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 Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2021 and the Times and Sunday Times 2020. It was ranked second overall (first in Scotland) in the Complete University Guide 2021.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
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.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Find out more about studying physics and astronomy at St Andrews.