In third year, you'll complete a research project in an area of physics that interests you. You can either do a Physics Research Project over one semester, or an Extended Project over the whole of your third year. This gives you lots of options, from experimental science to computing, microscopy and science communication. You can even work on a real-world problem set by one of our collaborators in industry.
Third year options
Physics Research Project
Quantum Information Laboratory
For the Quantum Information Laboratory Extended Project, students complete a series of mini-projects. They range from building single photon sources similar to those used by quantum cryptography companies like Toshiba, to measuring the photon statistics and coherence properties of different light sources.
Students work with research quality lasers, detectors and photon counting modules to build measurement systems to a professional standard. Along the way, they learn how single photons are being used in quantum information processing to revolutionise digital technology.
Fourth year projects
– MPhys students only
If you do one of our MPhys courses, you'll do a more advanced research project in your fourth year. You'll be based in one of our research laboratories, working alongside professional scientists and with access to state-of-the-art equipment. You'll get extra training for a career in research and get to choose from a wider range of advanced lecture modules.
Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience
Nigel Gibbions, pictured with his supervisor Dr Vitaly Kudryavtset, worked on a $100m search for dark matter – read Nigel's story