Chemical Physics


UCAS Code: F335
Typical offer:
Four years

Average weekly contact time

First year: 16 hours
Second year: 18 hours
Third year: 12 hours
Fourth year: Nine hours

Study concepts at the cutting edge of physics and chemistry

Develop practical skills in the labs and on research placements

How to apply for this course

About the course

This four year course integrates the core elements of chemistry and physics, providing a comprehensive view on matter. The closely related subjects of chemistry and physics, underpinned by maths, are at the heart of our modern understanding of how the world works. We combines these disciplines to provide an excellent training for work in areas from particle physics to modern functional materials to energy or biophysics.

This degree is founded upon really strong teaching and research collaborations between the Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Chemistry. For example, Professor Richard Jones, Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), has a best-selling popular science book on nanotechnology, Soft Machines, which grew out of his work with Professor Tony Ryan in Chemistry on polymers. Such collaborations help us to make the links between the two subjects across the course.
Department of Chemistry

You'll get lots of opportunities to put your scientific knowledge in to practice. We run field trips to Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos in the Canary Islands, the underground dark matter laboratory at Boulby Mine and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. You can also do a research placement in the department to build up your practical skills and add to your CV.

Our students have an excellent employability record in a wide range of graduate careers. Many enter science-related industries such as working for renewable energy, nanotechnology, space exploration industries and telecommunications companies. Others go into non-science graduate careers, using the graduate level skills they gained from their degree. Many choose further study, doing masters and PhDs in the UK and abroad, and teaching.


These are the current undergraduate modules for this course. As we want to keep our degrees as up-to-date as possible, the modules available when you start your degree might be different.

First year

Core modules:

Second year

Core modules:

Third year

Core modules:

Options include:

Fourth year (MPhys only)

Options include:

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.

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