Physics with Medical Physics


UCAS Code: F350
Typical offer:
Three years


UCAS Code: F371
Typical offer:
Four years

Average weekly contact time

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

Apply your knowledge of physics to contemporary medicine

Do even more research on the four year MPhys course

How to apply for this course

About the course

You will be taught by all our academics, from up-and-coming lecturers through to internationally acclaimed professors. All staff are engaged in cutting-edge research, working in fields which include particle physics, astrophysics, polymer and biophysics, semiconductor nanotechnology and medical physics. Our experience and passion for research enhances your learning with optional modules, final year projects and visits to major research facilities.

You’ll learn in lots of different ways. Lab sessions link to what you hear in lectures, and in the first and second years we devote a whole module each semester to experiments and training. You’ll learn how to present results, analyse data in Excel and assess errors. In computer programming classes, you’ll be taught to use the Python and LabVIEW programming languages. Tutorials are where you and up to nine other students meet with a lecturer to go over difficult course material and practise solving problems.

We encourage you to take field trips throughout your course. You could spend time investigating dark matter 1km underground at Boulby Mine or 2,400m above sea level using our telescope at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos in the Canary Islands. We have two other telescopes on the roof of the department, super-resolution optical microscopes, laser spectroscopy equipment and computer rooms.

All our students do research of their own. We can offer up to 90 different research projects so you can get a lot of hands-on laboratory experience or develop a new computer code to model physics systems – you can download a list of sample projects at the top of the page. You can also research different methods of science teaching. The four year MPhys course has even more research content so it’s good preparation for a career in research or academia.


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)

Core modules:

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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