UCAS Code: F335
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|About the course||
This specialist course brings together the core elements of chemistry and physics to give you a comprehensive understanding of matter. Chemical physics is one of the University of Sheffield's research strengths and our researchers have worked on major cross-disciplinary chemistry and physics collaborations. These include:
Sheffield is also home to excellent research and teaching facilities, including:
These projects and facilities give Sheffield a critical mass of chemical physics expertise. Many provide the background to the topics you'll study on your course and you'll be taught by lecturers and professors working at the forefront of these areas. Roughly half of the course content is taught by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and half is taught here in Chemistry. You'll have practical laboratory classes and tutorials in both departments. The chemistry and physics content of your course is integrated so that you can study chemical physics as a discipline in its own right.
At the start of your first year, you will be given a laboratory resource pack, including a lab coat, safety glasses and safety gloves, so you can start practical work right away in both departments. There are also maths classes, designed specifically for physics students. You'll do more practical work as the course progresses and by third year, you'll be able to handle sensitive chemicals, program in several languages, and conduct experiments over multiple days. At the same time, our focused careers module will help equip you for whatever you choose to do after your degree.
The fourth year has more freedom to specialise, with a range of advanced lecture modules in physics and chemistry to choose from, covering topics including nuclear physics and relativity, soft condensed matter and quantum mechanics, photochemistry, and astrophysics. The fourth year also has the most practical work: you'll run an even bigger chemical physics research project, working with professional scientists in Sheffield's world-class chemistry and physics research groups. This can lead to your work being published in respected scientific journals before you've even graduated. You choose which project you want to do. Projects are often co-supervised by researchers from both Physics and Astronomy, and Chemistry.
This degree is accredited by the Institute of Physics, which means that it covers all the topics and training that you need to complete the first steps towards a professional physics career and Chartered Physicist status. This degree also covers all the essential topics and training that you need to graduate into a professional chemistry career, with chemistry content structured around three areas: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry. Some of the subjects you'll cover are set out in the 'Course structure' tab.
Below are some examples of topics covered in this degree from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers.