Physics with Medical Physics


UCAS code: F350
Typical offer:
Three years


UCAS code: F371
Typical offer: AAA
Four years

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

How to apply for this course

Other physics and astronomy degrees:

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

Researchers in the Imagine: Imaging Life project are using revolutionary microscopy technologies to answer some of the biggest questions in biology and medicine

About the course

New imaging techniques mean that physicists are playing a growing role in building the technologies to help clinicians understand organisms, disease and potential treatments. Biophysics researchers at the University of Sheffield are behind major research projects, including:

  • Imagine: Imaging Life, where Professor Jamie Hobbs and Dr Ashley Cadby are applying revolutionary microscopy techniques to biology and medicine
  • the new Sheffield Antimicrobial Resistance Network, which is developing new tools to better understand bacteria and host responses

This course includes modules taught by experts in the University of Sheffield's Faculties of Engineering, and Medicine, Dentistry and Health. You'll learn about the physics of living systems, tissue structure and function, instruments and technologies used in medicine, and clinical engineering. If you do the MPhys degree, you'll get to do a placement in industry or at a local hospital in your fourth year.

My degree provided me with excellent communication and research skills. The regular oral assessments helped me gain experience in passionately promoting science and research. This is particularly applicable in my current job role as I will be travelling internationally presenting the latest research innovations in the nuclear industry.

Ed Williamson, MPhys Physics with Medical Physics  READ MORE

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 and a medical physics research project, based in the University of Sheffield's 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 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:

Second year

Compulsory 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.

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