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MPhys 5 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

144

% applicants receiving offers

53%

Subjects
  • Astronomy
Student score
95% HIGH
% employed or in further study
91% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAA

All applicants must possess at least 1 GCE A-Level from the following science subjects - Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology. This forms part of our minimum Faculty entry requirements. Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Highers
AAAA

All applicants must possess at least 2 SQA Highers from the following science subjects - Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or equivalent, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology. This forms part of our minimum Faculty entry requirements. Applicants for this programme must possess an A at either Advanced Higher or Higher in Physics and Mathematics. Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AA

In addition to SQA Highers Mathematics and Physics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
38

Including HL 6 Mathematics and Physics, AND at least SL English AND Mathematics

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

53%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

Level 1: Presents a broad outline of the astronomical universe. Includes lectures on: the solar system; the stars; elementary astrophysics; the galaxy; extragalactic astronomy and cosmology; assuming no prior formal instruction. Level 2: Topics covered are: astrophysics; the structure and evolution of stars; observational techniques; galaxies astronomy. Honours: Modules in quantum mechanics; atomic physics; nuclear and particle physics; thermal and statistical physics; electromagnetism; and optics; additional modules in stellar physics; modern optical instrumentation; astrophysical processes; stellar dynamics; astronomical data analysis; galaxies and observational cosmology; star formation and plasma astrophysics; research project.

University of St Andrews

Graduation

St Andrews is a unique combination of ancient and modern, local and global. Founded in 1413 we are the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. The city is quite small the University accounts for approximately half the population but it has a distinctly cosmopolitan air due to the presence of students and staff from more than a hundred countries.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
38%
62%

Year 1

29%
71%

Year 2

28%
72%

Year 3

24%
76%

Year 4

31%
69%

Year 5

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
67%
33%

Year 1

66%
34%

Year 2

53%
47%

Year 3

76%
24%

Year 4

49%
44%
7%

Year 5

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 95% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

96%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

96%

Feedback on work has been prompt

88%

Staff are good at explaining things

98%

Received sufficient advice and support

91%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
28% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
51% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
541 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
76% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
0% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% MED
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

8%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

6%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

14%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Not a lot of people study astronomy as a first degree, and if you want to be one of the small number of people who start work as an astronomer every year, you will need a doctorate – so 40% of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.
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