Undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy

Physics and astronomy are about more than numbers and formulae. They are driven by imagination and the excitement of discovery. You'll be using your scientific knowledge and creativity to explore and challenge ideas about the physical world – right from the miniscule sub-atomic world of quarks and gluons to the vastness of the universe.

Entry requirements

AAB-AAA – inc. Physics and Maths

How to apply

Full entry requirements

OpenPlus entry with
the Open University

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Inspirational teaching

You'll learn from us in lots of different ways. In lectures you'll study important theories, and in lab classes you'll see how they work in practice. We have modules dedicated to designing experiments and research training, so you'll learn how to collect data, analyse results and assess projects. You might even get the chance to go on a once-in-a-lifetime field trip.

Small group tutorials are a chance for you to work closely with our academic staff on scientific problems and get extra support with tricky subjects.

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Research projects

Chris O'Rourke at work in the Quantum Information Laboratory

All of our students get to do research of their own. In your third year, you can take a semester-long Physics Research Project, or you choose one of our unique, year-long Extended Project options.

Our MPhys degrees have even more research training and a bigger research project in fourth year. They're great preparation for a career in research or academia.

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Evelyn Johnston

I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to carry out my research project while working as a student support astronomer at the Isaac Newton telescopes in La Palma. This position gave me my first opportunity to experience life as an astronomer at an observatory.

Evelyn Johnston, REsearch Fellow,
European Southern Observatory, Chile  READ MORE

Careers in physics and astronomy

Physics is at the heart of major and growing industries, from computing and nanotechnology, to renewable energy and space exploration. Our students find great jobs at organisations including Rolls Royce, Toshiba, CERN, BAE Systems and the National Space Agency.

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Isabelle Gessey joined the University of Sheffield's Degree with Employment Experience scheme and spent a year working with the Science and Technology Facilities Council – read more

Sheffield – a city like no other

Choose Sheffield and you're not just choosing one of Britain's finest universities. You're choosing a city that's one of the best in the UK for student life. Our students have voted us top in the Russell Group for student experience.

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The UK's number one students' union

Our students' union is consistently recognised as the best in the country. The entertainment and the social life are first rate. But the awards also reflect how effective our students' union is at representing students.

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Award-winning accommodation

Our accommodation has been voted top five in the UK for four years running. The residences are walking distance from campus and city, and your bills, free internet and contents insurance are included in the package.

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Student society – Physoc

Named Best Physics Society in the UK and Ireland by the Institute of Physics, 2013-14

Outside the labs and lecture theatres, our students can get involved in lots of activities through the undergraduate physics society, Physoc. The society organises regular nights out for students, including a welcome event during Intro Week and activities throughout the year such as skiing, ice skating, bowling and barbecues.

There’s also an annual overseas trip where students learn first-hand about some of the world’s most exciting physics at centre's such as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor near Marseille in the south of France and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.

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Physoc members at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland