The programme details of this course are provided by the School of Physics and Astronomy: The School of Physics and Astronomy is well known for the quality of both its teaching and its research. The School is rated highly in various teaching league tables, and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the quality of our physics and astronomy research was rated joint third in the UK. Students and staff in the School work together to form a supportive academic community. Our teaching is informed by our research; final year projects are usually carried out within our research groups.
Within the degree programme you have the opportunity to either in level-one (first year) leading to the honours BSc degree in four years, or the MPhys in five years. Mathematical, experimental, observational and computational skills are developed. You can expect to have the opportunity to engage with a number of specialist topics including for example cosmology, gravitational dynamics, quantum physics, and star formation. It may be possible to spend a semester or year studying abroad as part of this degree programme.
Our approach to Learning and Teaching is a little like the University itself: a mix of very traditional and very new. In every subject, we take care to cover all the bases, on the one hand familiarising our students with the knowledge and theories that are essential to understanding of the discipline; and on the other, giving you a chance wherever possible to develop practical uses for the expertise you acquire. From this starting-point, we expect our students increasingly to design their own studies, by selecting options and undertaking research-based activities that they devise by themselves, with support from academic staff.
Students put together their programme of studies by selecting a combination of compulsory and optional modules from our Course Catalogue. The Catalogue describes each module and gives information about the learning, teaching and assessment methods used. Some course available at a University are:
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Applicants must satisfy one of the following:
Further information on entrance requirements
If you are interested in undergraduate study at St Andrews, you must meet the University's entrance requirements as outlined below, as well as the entrance requirements set by the relevant Faculty for your programme of study. If you have graduated from high school in Russia with a national school leaving certificate (Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii), we would also expect you to have one of the following:
If you are studying a foreign language qualification and you wish this to be considered, it should be in a language that is foreign to you and should not be in your first language. You should indicate in your personal statement that the foreign language qualification you are studying is not your first language. If this is not the case your application may be considered less competitive.
These entrant scholarships are for international students who will be studying at St Andrews for an undergraduate degree starting in 2016. The scholarships will be awarded as a tuition fee reduction of up to £4,000 per year for each year of the student's undergraduate studies and will be awarded on the basis of financial need.
The BA International Honours Scholarship is available to students entering first year of the BA International Honours Programme commencing at St Andrews. The Selection Committee seeks applicants who are gifted students with academic excellence. The successful scholars will be expected to fulfil an ambassadorial role and represent the University at a number of events and contribute to various University publications. 4 awards are available: 3 awards of $6,000 (USD) per annum and 1 award of over $6,000 (USD) per annum.
Prospective students can apply for financial support for their University accommodation fees. The award is £3,000 per annum for the first two years of study and is means-tested, based on financial need. In order to be eligible, applicants must have a gross annual household income of under £34,000.
The Kinnessburn Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has successfully completed a foundation programme at the Centre for International Foundation Programmes and is moving on to an undergraduate degree programme within the University of St Andrews. Value of award (per year) is £2,000.
The Department of Sport & Exercise, in partnership with the Athletic Union, offers a support programme to athletes who show exceptional abilities and potential whilst studying at St Andrews. Students competing at SSS/Regional Squad level and above in any sports disciplines are eligible to apply for an individual Sports Scholarship. In recent years, most scholars have been at junior international level and above. Scholarships will only be awarded to students matriculated for the full academic year and will be awarded at the start of Semester 1.