Physics BSc (Hons) 2021 entry
The BSc (Hons) in Physics will allow you to explore the fundamentals of this central science, from classical dynamics to the intriguing theories of quantum mechanics and relativity, and how these and other underpinning ideas may be applied in fields such as electronics, lasers, music, and semiconductors.
The Physics degree programme allows you to access opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills (including computational and lab work) to build competencies that will be useful in a wide range of careers, both in physics-based industry and in areas such as finance and management.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Physics Integrated Masters and the Theoretical Physics Integrated Masters courses; the Astrophysics BSc or Integrated Masters Astrophysics; the joint degrees with 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 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.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Physics as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
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.”
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