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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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See what it's like to study Physics and Astronomy at one of our University open days. Find out about our undergraduate courses, and meet our staff and students.

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Capturing the Universe's most rapidly changing objects

HiPERCAM, a revolutionary new high-speed camera for optical astronomy led by the University of Sheffield, is about to take its first images at one of the world's premier astronomical observatories.

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Sheffield physicists to play key role in £65 million research partnership with US

Scientists in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are set to play a leading role in a new £65 million research partnership between the UK and the US, which could change our understanding of the universe.

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

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