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We’re exploring the fundamental laws of the universe and developing pioneering technologies. We look beyond our planet to tackle global challenges – from climate change to meeting energy demands.

Failed stars host powerful aurora displays

Brown dwarf stars host powerful aurora displays just like planets, Sheffield astronomers have discovered.

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Take the first step towards your degree

See what it's like to study in Physics and Astronomy at our open day on Saturday 24 October. Find out about our undergraduate courses, and meet our staff and students.

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Imagine: Imaging Life

We're using revolutionary microscopy technologies to answer some of the biggest questions in biology and medicine. Our Imagine: Imaging Life project is unique and will give us unparalleled insight into life at the molecular level.

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Discover the laws of the universe alongside inspirational scientists. Our students study in a global classroom that stretches from Sheffield to CERN.

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World-class research

Our researchers are finding new planets and developing cutting-edge technologies. We offer world-class PhD training to some of the most talented new physicists.

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Spray-on solar cells


We develop solutions that solve major industrial challenges. Read about some of our projects on the Sheffield Science Gateway website.

Carbon capture technology – case study> Storing solar energy at home – case study> Radio-chromatography detectors – case study>