Physics MPhys (Honours) 2022 entry
The Integrated Masters 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. You will learn how these and other underpinning ideas may be applied in fields such as electronics, lasers, condensed matter, biophotonics, and applications of quantum physics.
The final year contains a number of advanced modules that have strong links with the School's research programme. The project is full time for the final semester, and is usually with one of the School's research teams.
The Physics degree programme allows you to access opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills (including computational and lab work) and to build competencies that will be useful in a wide range of careers, both in research and development in physics-based industry and in areas such as finance and management.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the BSc in Physics and the BSc in Astrophysics; the Integrated Masters courses in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics; the joint degree options; 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.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Physics as part of a joint Integrated Masters degree alongside one of the following subjects:
Physics and astronomy at St Andrews
“I wanted to study at a university with excellent teaching and lots of contact with the actual research in the field. I could not have made a better choice! Studying Physics is undeniably hard, however the supportive atmosphere in the School, the excitement about the subject and the great people who I do it with are worth it.”
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