The lecturers and professors who teach our courses are all engaged in cutting-edge research, in fields that include particle physics, astrophysics, polymer and biophysics, semiconductor nanotechnology and medical physics. This range of expertise means our degrees have lots of module options, so you can focus on what interests you most.
You'll learn from us in lots of different ways. In lectures you'll study important theories, and in lab classes you'll see how they work in practice. We have modules dedicated to designing experiments and research training, so you'll learn how to collect data, analyse results and assess projects. Small group tutorials are a chance for you to work closely with our academic staff on scientific problems and get extra support with tricky subjects.
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Your timetable will be a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Below is a typical timetable for a first year student in semester one.
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Our students get the chance to visit major research centres during their degrees. Organisations we work with include:
MPhys programmes in Physics, Physics and Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics give you the chance to spend your third year at one of our partner universities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States, before returning to Sheffield for your final year. Our Study Abroad tutor works with students to find the right university to match their specific programme.
Most programmes include an option to take a year out in industry as part of a degree with employment experience. If you are an astrophysics dual then you could go to La Palma to be a support astronomer for the year. Other students have done placements at places including the Sellafield National Nuclear Laboratory and the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Daresbury Laboratory.
Each year undergraduates can apply to join the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience scheme. This gives you a bursary to spend around 10 weeks working with one of our department's research groups over the summer break. This gives you the chance to get first-hand experience of major research projects and can even lead to your name appearing in an academic journal.
Isabelle Gessey talks about her placement year at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Daresbury Facility.
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Our four year MPhys degrees have even more research opportunities for you, and they're great preparation for a career in research or academia.