Undergraduate study - 2022 entry

Subject area: Physics and Astronomy

Why choose Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked top 10 in the Times Good University Guide 2020 by subject.

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

  • 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.

  • Our teaching laboratories 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 BSc (Hons) Astrophysics graduate
Ozioma Kamalu BSc (Hons) Astrophysics graduate

Introducing Physics and Astronomy

Physics is the study of matter and motion - what the world is made of and how it works.

Its scope runs from quarks and leptons through the material world we perceive directly with our senses, to stars and galaxies, and the origin of the universe itself.

Physicists study everything from the smallest particles to the structure of the universe.

Our programmes will guide you through this territory and equip you with a range of thinking and practical skills. You will learn the fundamental principles of physics and start to specialise as you progress through your programme.

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.

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.