What will I learn?

This programme is for students interested in understanding the fundamental principles of physics, as expressed through the language of mathematics.

It encompasses the work of Newton, Maxwell and Einstein through to Feynman, Hawking and Higgs.

The programme will equip you for any career that requires analytical thinking to solve the challenging problems facing the modern world.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practicals

These will fully exploit the latest teaching technology and help to develop your problem-solving skills.

From Year 3 you will also complete group projects and undertake research projects under the supervision of one of the School’s academic or research staff members.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a combination of continuous assessment and examinations. Practical and computing courses have laboratory write-ups and checkpoint assessments.

Other courses are assessed by:

  • presentations
  • assessing each other’s work
  • writing critical reviews of scientific literature

Career opportunities

A wide range of employers recognise that physics graduates have advanced problem-solving skills and the ability to think logically and critically about complex situations.

The fact that they also have a high level of mathematical ability, IT proficiency and communication skills provides graduates with opportunities in a diverse range of careers.

Which department am I in?

School of Physics and Astronomy

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£30,400.00 (US$ 41,842) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

12 September 2022


Central area campus

George Square,


Edinburgh, City Of,

EH8 9JZ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Required subjects: A Levels: English Literature or combined English at B. GCSEs: a language other than English at A or 7.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.