Physics with Philosophy
UCAS code: FV35
UCAS code: F3V5
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|About the course||
Physics and philosophy both ask profound questions, whether they are about the laws of the universe or the nature of existence. This course includes modules taught by experts in the University of Sheffield's Department of Philosophy, so that you can place the fundamental theories of physics in a meaningful conceptual context.
Throughout your degree, you'll have the chance to take lots of the philosophy modules available to undergraduate students based in the Department of Philosophy, so that you can focus on the subjects that interest you most. Topics range from religion, ethics and politics, to feminism, the arts and death, to major thinkers such as Plato, Kant and Hegel.
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 number of physics topics in third year – these are set out in the 'Course structure' tab.
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, when you'll get to do a physics research project, based in one of our state-of-the-art research laboratories. 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 physics modules in fourth year.
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.
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.
MPhys students only
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. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
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, most students find salaried positions, 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.
It isn't something you apply for before you get here and placements aren't guaranteed – it's your responsibility to secure one but we’ll do everything we can to help.
Complete your placement successfully and we amend your degree title to reflect your experience, for instance: BSc Physics with Employment Experience.
Isabelle, pictured, worked with the Science and Technology Facilities Council at Daresbury Laboratory, a government scientific research company where a new particle accelerator is being built.