Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Physics and Astronomy

Why choose Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked 4th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 by Subject for physical sciences (which includes physics and astronomy).

  • Final-year projects are frequently hosted at our world-class research facilities. These currently include the ARCHER super computing service; a state-of-the-art scanning confocal microscope in soft matter; and a high magnetic field laboratory that includes dilution capable of 15 mK temperatures, as well as flow and high-pressure chamber for planetary environmental simulation.

  • You will join a community of researchers and academics who work across major research facilities including the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, the UK Centre for Astrobiology, the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics and the new Higgs Centre for Innovation. Both Higgs centres have been named after our Emeritus Professor and Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs.

  • You will be taught by academic staff with links to major research facilities across the world, including CERN, TRIUMF, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and a number of principal astronomy facilities.

  • All our single honours programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

  • You will have the opportunity to use extensive teaching laboratory facilities which cover all disciplines of experimental physics.

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I know I can achieve anything I put my mind to, especially with the support of tutors and teaching staff. Being at Edinburgh helps me feel that there are no limits to what I can do.

Ozioma Kamalu 4th year BSc (Hons) Astrophysics
Ozioma Kamalu 4th year BSc (Hons) Astrophysics

Introducing Physics and Astronomy

Physics is the study of matter and motion, what the world is made of and how it works. Physicists study everything from the smallest particles to the structure of the universe.

Our programmes are flexible, so you can tailor your study to your interests and chosen career. You will also be able to choose a range of subjects from other academic areas.

You will learn the fundamental principles of physics and start to specialise as you progress through your programme.

The core skills you learn, such as how to assemble data by experiment, study or calculation and how to draw conclusions from your observations, will prepare you for a range of careers or for further study and research.