B.Sc. On Campus

Astrophysics (Hons)

University of St Andrews

48 months
25100 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The BSc in Astrophysics (Hons) at the University of St Andrews allows you to embark on a guided exploration of the science of the Universe, from our solar system to black holes and from extrasolar planets to galaxy clusters. Core physics, mathematics, and computational skills are developed to allow you to model these systems and to analyse complicated data sets.


The BSc in Astrophysics (Hons) at the University of St Andrews is approximately half core physics and maths, and approximately half astrophysics. It gives you competencies that are useful in a wide range of careers in physics-based industry, in further study and research in astrophysics, in analysing “big data”, and more generally in areas such as finance and management.  

The BSc in Astrophysics is a four-year course (three years for those taking direct entry to second year) run by the School of Physics and Astronomy. During your degree, you will explore the science of the Universe, from extrasolar planets to cosmology.


Graduates in Astrophysics have developed important skills in critical analysis, problem-solving, mathematical and computational modelling, communication, designing experiments, making accurate measurements and analysing results that make them well qualified for a career in science and in various areas outside science such as the financial services. 

At the end of your degree, you will be equipped with the following skills that are valued in a wide range of occupations:

  • ability to determine what information is needed to solve a problem, and a knowledge of where to find or generate such information
  • applicable mathematical and computational techniques and where to use them
  • knowledge and understanding of fundamental physical laws and principles
  • ability to analyse data and evaluate the level of uncertainty in results
  • identification of relevant principles and laws of physics when dealing with problems
  • communication skills including the ability to present complex information clearly and concisely.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computational astrophysics
  • Observational astrophysics
  • Extragalactic astronomy
  • The physics of nebulae and stars
  • Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
  • Thermal and statistical physics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Quantum mechanics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application deadline - 29 January for UK students


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

SQA Highers

  • AAAA including Physics and Mathematics

GCE A-Levels

  • AAA including Physics and Mathematics

IB points

  • 38 including HL6 in Physics and HL6 in Mathematics

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25100 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for St Andrews

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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