Physics and Astronomy offer holder days

As part of your offer holder day at Sheffield, you'll be spending some quality time getting to know the Department of Physics and Astronomy and your chosen course.

Physics students performing an experiment in a teaching laboratory

Arriving at the department

You'll have booked to visit us 10am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm on your offer holder day. Please arrive in good time for the start of your booked session, as we'll need to scan the QR code from your booking to register you.

Your arrival location is: Hicks building, lecture theatre 7 (LT7). You can view this on our interactive campus map, and there'll also be lots of open day staff and ambassadors around campus to help you.

If you arrive late for your booked session, please report to the foyer in the Hicks building, where staff and student ambassadors will be able to help.

When booking, you'll be able to reserve a place for yourself and one guest at the department activities. To ensure safe venue capacities, we'll be unable to accommodate any additional unbooked visitors.

However, you're welcome to bring additional guests to accompany you on the day, and we'd encourage these guests to take part in our range of central exhibitions and tours while the department activities are running.

Physics and Astronomy offer holder timetable

You'll have booked to visit the department 10am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm on your offer holder day. Here's what to expect from your time with us. Timings are approximate and are subject to change, and so we recommend checking back prior to the event.


Student activity

Parent/supporter activity

1 hour

Welcome, course talk and taster lecture

Welcome, course talk and taster lecture

1.5 hours

Physics experiences

Supporters' talk and departmental tour

For the rest of the day, you'll have time to take part in the central tours and exhibitions detailed in our offer holder day guide.

Medical Physics offer holders

Medical Physics offer holders are encouraged to attend our events on either 17 February or 2 March when we will be joined by academics and students on these specialist courses. These events will offer you more in-depth information about your chosen programme. Don't worry if you're unable to make either of these dates however, you're welcome to join us at any of our offer holder events.

Physics experiences

You'll take part in multiple Physics experiences, including a tour of some of our research and teaching facilities to give you a real taste of what it's like to be a student at Sheffield.

We run a range of activities on our offer holder days and our researchers, teaching staff and current students will help you to experience laboratory practicals that you'll encounter in your degree. The below examples will give you an insight into what you could be doing on the day.

  • Teaching lab tour
  • Telescopes tour
  • Medical Physics talk
  • Chat with current students
  • Chat with academics

Parents and supporters tour

While you're taking part in activities, parents and supporters will receive a tour of the department and our facilities. They'll also get a chance to speak to current students and staff about the exciting opportunities that are available to you, and where a degree from Sheffield can lead.

Science and Engineering Foundation Year

If you are holding an offer for one of our courses with a Foundation Year, an information stand will be available just inside the Diamond's main entrance (off Leavygreave Road) from 12-2.30pm where you can find out more and ask any questions.

How to book

Please book your place on the offer holder day via the link in your invitation email.

If you have any questions, please drop us an email to:

REF 2021 illustration showing University building and subject areas

Research Excellence Framework 2021

We have been rated 1st in the UK in terms of the quality of our research. In the latest REF, 100 per cent of research and impact from our department has been classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.