Astrophysics at University of St Andrews - UCAS

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Course summary

The MSc in Astrophysics allows students to gain experience in the core areas of astrophysics to develop the necessary research skills to carry out astrophysical research. The MSc in Astrophysics is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Physics and Astronomy. The programme is intended to provide an entry route to astrophysics research and potentially PhD programmes for students who have taken an undergraduate BSc degree in physics, mathematics or an equivalent cognate discipline. Highlights

  • Students are able and encouraged to use the University Observatory and the James Gregory Telescope, the largest working optical telescope in the UK.
  • Students may also have the opportunity to take part in a remote observing trip at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife, Spain (this option is still to be considered).
  • The programme prepares students to undertake astrophysical research at PhD level.
  • Modules provide transferable skills which enhance employability in and out of academia.


The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2023 entry. Compulsory

  • Research Skills in Astrophysics: provides the basic astrophysical background and introduces students to the research skills needed for a career in astrophysics.
Optional Modules Students choose six optional modules.  Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.
  • Advanced Data Analysis
  • Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Contemporary Astrophysics
  • Extragalactic Astronomy
  • General Relativity
  • Gravitational Dynamics and Accretion Physics
  • Knowledge Discovery and Datamining
Dissertation During the final 2.5 months of the course, students undertake a research project culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation. Students select a project from a list of those available and are supervised by a member of the academic staff. The project aims to develop students' skills in:
  • searching the appropriate literature
  • astrophysical theory
  • experimental and observational design
  • evaluating and interpreting data
  • presenting a report.
Further information is available via the "Course contact details" section at the bottom of this webpage.

Assessment method

Modules are assessed through examination, research projects and continuous coursework.

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Physics, Mathematics or a related topic. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, please see the university’s international entry requirements.

English language requirements

For the current English Language requirements please visit the English language requirements for postgraduate students on the University of St Andrews website.

English language requirements for postgraduate students

Fees and funding

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Astrophysics at University of St Andrews - UCAS