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

Three year BSc courses:
AAB including Physics and Maths

Four year MPhys courses:
AAA including Physics and Maths

Inspirational teaching

The lecturers and professors who teach our courses are engaged in cutting-edge research in particle physics, astrophysics, polymer and biophysics, semiconductor nanotechnology, medical physics and more. This range of expertise means our degrees have lots of module options, so you can focus on what interests you most.

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Gravitational waves

One of our lecturers, Dr Ed Daw, was one of the scientists behind the 2016 discovery of gravitational waves. Ed's work as part of the LIGO collaboration helped confirm a major prediction of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity made in 1915, opening an unprecedented new window into the cosmos.

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Evelyn Johnston, Sheffield graduate and research fellow at the European Southern Observatory in Chile

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 Telescope in La Palma. This position gave me my first opportunity to experience life as an astronomer at an observatory."

Read Evelyn's story in the ESO magazine, The Messenger

Careers in physics and astronomy

WRIPAWe're part of the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA), which was set up to get more physics graduates into science, engineering and technology industries that are worth around £220bn to the UK economy.

Through WRIPA, we can set up collaborations between our students and industrial partners. By giving you hands-on experience of research and development projects with industry, WRIPA can help you get more skills and experience for your CV, and expand your career opportunities.

We've also hosted the biggest specialist physics careers fair in the UK, in conjunction with WRIPA, where more than 400 students met staff from more than 30 companies.

News: Employers visit campus to talk to physics students

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Sheffield – a city like no other

Choose the University of Sheffield and you're not just choosing one of Britain's finest universities. You're choosing a place to live that's the best in Britain for student life. Our students have voted us top for social life for three years running.

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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 University accommodation has been voted the best in the UK. The majority of our accommodation is in one of the UK's most affluent districts. The student residences are walking distance from campus and we have places in the city centre.

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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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