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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 energy needs.

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We don't get aliens in Sheffield

Professor Simon Goodwin responds to recent rumours about aliens in our city, sparked by the latest series of Doctor Who.

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Faster photons could enable total data security

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have solved a key puzzle in quantum physics that could help to make data transfer totally secure.

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Your degree in physics and astronomy

Study the science behind everything from lasers and particles, to music and computers, to galaxies and the solar system. Spend a year abroad or working in industry.

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

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