Students visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN

Field trips

Through our network of global partners, our students also have opportunities to visit leading institutions like ATLAS project at CERN, the Isaac 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.

Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes

Physics and Astronomy students have the opportunity to visit the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes in La Palma, Canary Islands, and MPhys Physics and Astrophysics course have the option to spend their fourth year there.

Students at La Palma

Large Hadron Collider at CERN

Our department's particle physics group has been actively involved in the ATLAS experiment, which led to the Higgs boson discovery. our Professor of Particle Physics, Dan Tovey, is the ATLAS-UK Physics Coordinator.

Students have the chance to see this major international facility in operation and talk to physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider. Katherine Chapman even got the chance to complete a placement with ATLAS at the time of the Higgs boson discovery.

Katherine Chapman

When I started at the University of Sheffield, I would not have believed that I would be working at CERN at the time of one of the most significant announcements for science in the century; the discovery of the Higgs-like-Boson. However, this is exactly where I have found myself.

Katherine Chapman, BSc Physics and Philosophy

Read Katherine's story

Boulby Underground Laboratory

Scientists from our particle physics group work at the Boulby Underground Laboratory, where physicists run high sensitivity detectors aiming to discover dark matter and study the effects of cosmic rays on cloud formation.

Students visit Boulby Undergraduate Laboratory