Physics MPhys (Hons) 2021 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 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 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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