Courses and teaching

Undergraduate courses

Our degrees let you take a general or specialist approach to the study of physics and astronomy. You can take a MPhys course to add an extra year of research to your degree, or even study overseas.

Physics courses

Physics – F300/F301
Physics with Study Abroad – F305

Theoretical Physics – F344/F321
Theoretical Physics with Study Abroad – F304

You can do a standard three-year BSc course, or a four-year MPhys where you do even more research. The Study Abroad MPhys options involves spending your third year at a partner university in Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the USA. Theoretical Physics courses have a particular focus on the conceptual and mathematical structure of the theories that describe nature.

Astrophysics courses

Physics and Astrophysics – FF35/F3F5
Physics and Astrophysics with Study Abroad – FF3M

The Physics and Astrophysics degree at Sheffield is one of the few in the country to offer such a high proportion of astrophysics content as part of a physics degree. You can do this course as a three year BSc or a four year MPhys where you'll do more research and you can study abroad.

Specialist courses

Chemical Physics – F335

Physics with Computer Science – F3G4/F3GK

Physics with Medical Physics – F350/F371

Physics and Philosophy – FV35
Physics with Philosophy – F3V5

These degrees are taught jointly by the Department of Physics and Astronomy with the Departments of Cardiovascular Science, Chemistry, Philosophy and Computer Science. The courses cover a wide range of topics and currently include, for example, modules on diagnostic and therapeutic applications, physical and mathematical aspects of modern chemistry, and computer-based physics projects. For BSc Physics and Philosophy BSc degree you'll spend roughly equal time studying each subject. The final year of MPhys Physics with Philosophy is taught solely by the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


Foundation Year

We offer a Physics Foundation Year for students with A level qualifications, or equivalent, in at least one the following subjects: Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. The Science and Engineering Foundation Year programme is made up of taught modules in physics, mathematics and chemistry taught by academic staff in those departments, plus laboratory and transferable skills taught by staff in the Faculty of Engineering. On successful completion of the Foundation Year students can enter the first year of one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

UCAS code: F309
Typical offer: BBB
Length: Four or five years, depending on final degree course chosen

"Finishing the Foundation Year with good grades gives you the confidence to see that you really can tackle a degree in science or engineering."

– Rose Ireland, BSc Physics

Find out more about the Science and Engineering Foundation Year programme

Science and Engineering Foundation Year: Science degree pathway

Open University OpenPlus entry

The University of Sheffield and the Open University have created a flexible way for UK students to study physics. You can spend two years studying in your own time with the Open University, allowing you to combine work with your studies.

If you complete this successfully, you can transfer directly onto the second year of our full-time BSc Physics, or Physics and Philosophy course.

Find out more

Sample third year projects

See the sort of research projects you can do from this list we've offered to recent students.

Project list: 2016-17

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