UCAS code: F300
Typical offer:
Three years

MPhys with Study Abroad

UCAS code: F305
Typical offer:
Four years


UCAS code: F301
Typical offer: AAA
Four years

Don't meet our entry requirements?
International students: International Foundation Years
UK students: OpenPlus entry with the Open University

Added value options – with reduced fees:

How to apply for this course

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About the course

Our degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics, which means that we cover all of the topics and training that you need to graduate into a professional physics career. You'll start by developing your essential physics knowledge, with subjects including mechanics, waves, optics, relativity, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and quantum physics, before studying these areas at a more advanced level in second year. You'll also be able to pick from a range of optional modules throughout your degree, with a huge variety of topics to choose from in third year. These are set out in the 'Course structure' tab, and include everything from galaxies and dark matter to sustainable energy and the physics of music.

You can learn computer programming using professional software such as LabVIEW and Python, and develop other practical skills during regular sessions in our teaching laboratories. Throughout your first and second year, you'll be trained in how to use essential scientific instrumentation in physics experiments, and how to use specialist computer software for collecting and analysing scientific data.


You'll tie all of your skills and knowledge together in third year, where you can choose to do a physics research project or an extended project. This gives you the chance to work in one of our state-of-the-art research laboratories, work on solving a problem for one of our partners in industry, or gain experience of teaching physics in local schools. If you do one of our research-intensive MPhys degrees, you'll get to do an even bigger research project in and choose from even more optional modules in fourth year.

Research projects

Through our network of global partners, our students also have opportunities to visit leading institutions like ATLAS project at CERN, the Newton Group of Telescopes in the Canary Islands and the dark matter research facility at Boulby Underground Laboratory. This gives you the chance to experience the workings of a major research centre first-hand – talking to physicists at work or using state-of-the-art equipment.

Field trips

Course structure

Below are some examples of topics covered in this degree from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

First year

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

  • Unrestricted modules from other departments at the University of Sheffield

Second year

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Third year

Except for Study Abroad students

Core modules:

Options include:

Fourth year

MPhys students only

Core modules:

Options include:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers.

Physics with Study Abroad

If you take a Study Abroad course, you'll spend your third year studying physics at another top university in the USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia. It's a great way to get an even bigger range of perspectives on the subject and experience life in another part of the world. You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're abroad.

My third year was spent studying at the Australian National University... I was able to observe at a world-class site, operate a particle accelerator, be taught by a Nobel Prize winner in cosmology, as well as meet directors from NASA who were visiting Canberra's deep space communication complex.

Emily Rickman, MPhys Physics and Astrophysics with a Year Abroad  READ MORE


Emily Rickman

Degree with Employment Experience

Students on all of our degrees, can join the University of Sheffield's Degree with Employment Experience programme and do a year-long work placement between their second and third year, or third and fourth year. You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're on placement and you'll still have access to your tutor and the support you need from the university. Most students earn salaries during their placements too.

Complete your placement successfully and we amend your degree title to reflect your experience, for instance: BSc Physics with Employment Experience.

Niall, pictured, spent a year of his degree working at Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for decommissioning the UK's nuclear legacy.

Degree with Employment Experience

Niall Taylor

Being placed within the group gave me a real life experience of full-time employment in a technically challenging industry.

Niall Taylor, BSc Physics and AStrophysics with Employment Experience  READ MORE