Physics with Computer Science


UCAS code: F3G4
Typical offer:
Three years


UCAS code: F3GK
Typical offer: AAA
Four years

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

These courses are for 2018 entry only and will not be offered to students starting in 2019.

How to apply for this course

Other physics and astronomy degrees:

Spend a year on a work placement as part of your course:

Part of a series of animations on Quantum Light produced by our Low Dimensional Structures and Devices research group

About the course

Physics explains the fundamental principles behind all computer technologies. This course includes modules taught by experts in the University of Sheffield's Department of Computer Science, and puts an emphasis on developing your computer programming skills.

The computer science modules on your course will help you understand how computers solve problems and how programmers design software. You'll also learn about tools and concepts including digital logic, computer arithmetic, instruction set architecture, networks, computer modelling and data-driven computing.

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 range of topics to choose from in third year. These are set out in the 'Course structure' tab, and include everything from the solar system 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:

  • One unrestricted module from another department at the University of Sheffield

Second year

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Third year

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Fourth year

MPhys students only

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

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.

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

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.

Degree with Employment Experience

Isabelle Gessey

I really feel like I am contributing to the scientific community.

Isabelle Gessey, MPhys Physics and AStrophysics with Employment Experience  READ MORE