Top ten in the UK for research output

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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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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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Overabundance of massive stars gives new insights into the universe

Sheffield researchers are part of an international team of astronomers that has revealed an astonishing overabundance of massive stars in a neighbouring galaxy.

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Postgraduate scholarships

We have over 100 scholarships available to fund talented new postgraduate students in 2018. Find out if you're eligible for a scholarship worth £10,000. Government loans of over £10,000 are also available.

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Study with us

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

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