Astrophysics applies the laws of physics and chemistry to study the physical nature of stars and celestial bodies. At St Andrews, students have the opportunity to study and research a wide variety of astrophysics topics including star formation, galaxy evolution, dark matter and much more. With access to the University's own observatory, students are able to get a close-up view of our magnificent universe.
Undergraduate courses in Physics and Astrophysics seek to guide students to gain a solid grounding in core physics. This grounding is used in exploring practical, theoretical, and computational aspects of the subject. There can be significant interaction with the School's research teams in this process.
2023 entry requirements
4 Highers at AAAA including Maths and Physics plus English at National 5 at B.
Widening access entry:
4 Highers at AAAB including Maths and Physics at AA (at AB or BA for Gateway entry) plus English at National 5 at B. (You may gain entry to the Gateway programme with 4 Highers at ABBB).
Entry into second year is possible with Advanced Higher Maths at Physics at AA plus Highers at AAAA.
4 - 5 years
Faculty of Science
Physics and Astronomy