Physics

BSc Materials Physics

Students have a great experience studying in the University of Sheffield's Department of Physics and Astronomy. According to the UK National Student Survey, over the last four years, 19 out of every 20 physics students at Sheffield have been satisfied with the quality of their course. The department has an excellent reputation for research and was in the UK top ten for research output in the last Research Excellence Framework.

About the course

The University of Sheffield and Nanjing Tech University's four-year BSc Materials Physics degree draws on Sheffield's physics experts to teach students essential concepts and apply these to materials science. At the start of their degree, students are based in Nanjing, where more than a third of teaching is given by visiting University of Sheffield staff. Students spend their final year studying in Sheffield.

The degree course starts with essential topics such as mechanics, thermal physics, electricity, magnetism, physical chemistry and advanced mathematics. Later students will learn more complex skills and knowledge as they move on to subjects such as atomic physics, nuclear physics and mechanical design.

Computing classes give students essential programming skills, and in laboratory sessions they learn experimental techniques. In the fourth year students complete a project which may be based in one of the research groups.

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