UCAS Code: F344
Average weekly contact time
First year: 16 hours
Study the conceptual and mathematical basis of modern physics
Do more of your own research with the four year MPhys course
Get an extra year of research experience and study overseas
UCAS Code: F321
With Study Abroad
UCAS Code: F304
|About the course||
In theoretical physics, we study the conceptual and mathematical structure of the theories that describe nature. It aims to advance our knowledge by constructing theories to explain natural phenomena and proposing experiments that our colleagues can perform in the lab. You can do this course as a standard three year BSc or a four year MPhys where you'll do more research.
The theoretical physicists who'll teach you specialise in a wide variety of topics:
We also work closely with Professor Carsten van de Bruck and Professor Elizabeth Winstanley in the School of Mathematics, who study cosmology and black holes: Theoretical Physics Research Group
You'll get lots of opportunities to put your scientific knowledge in to practice. We run field trips to Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos in the Canary Islands, the underground dark matter laboratory at Boulby Mine and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. You can also do a research placement in the department to build up your practical skills and add to your CV.
Our students have an excellent employability record in a wide range of graduate careers. Many enter science-related industries such as working for renewable energy, nanotechnology, space exploration industries and telecommunications companies. Others go into non-science graduate careers, using the graduate level skills they gained from their degree. Many choose further study, doing masters and PhDs in the UK and abroad, and teaching.
On the Theoretical Physics with Study Abroad course, you will spend your third year in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. In all cases, you'll take classes at a similar level to the ones we run in Sheffield. The Study Abroad webpages have a full list of universities you may be able to go to. Below, is a list of universities our students have gone to in the past.
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.
Third year (except Study Abroad)
Fourth year (MPhys only)
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.
|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.