Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F300
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Physics

Any questions?

Undergraduate Admissions Officer
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 4362
Email physics.ucas@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/physics/undergraduate-admissions

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Top ten in the UK for research output
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

The course covers all the essential knowledge and practical skills of the physicist. There are opportunities to specialise in different branches of the subject and take part in real research projects.

Lab work links to what you learn in lectures. In the first and second years there is dedicated time set aside for experimental work in our modern labs. You'll learn how to present results, analyse data and assess errors.

Computer programming is an essential part of academic and industrial research. We teach in a variety of languages including Matlab, Python, and Labview. And we'll show you how to use Excel to analyse data.

We encourage you take part in field trips throughout your course. You could find yourself investigating dark matter 1km underground at Boulby Mine or 2,400m above sea level at the observatory in the Canary Islands. We also send students to CERN in Geneva, for visits and on work placements.

Accreditation
Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB, including Maths and Physics
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB, including Maths and Physics + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33, 6 in Higher Level Maths and Physics
BTEC Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2, including Maths and Physics
Scottish Highers AABBB + AB in Maths and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB in Maths and Physics
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Physics and Astronomy website

First year

Core modules:

Mathematics for Physicists and Astronomers
Fields and Quanta
Motion and Heat

Second year

Core modules:

From Electromagnetism to Quantum Physics
From Thermodynamics to Atomic and Nuclear Physics
Physics Skills
Classical Physics
Experimental Physics 2

Optional modules:

Aspects of Medical Imaging and Technology
Astronomical Spectroscopy
Extra-Solar Planets and Astrobiology
Galaxies
Physics of Materials
Physics with Labview
Programming in Python
Stellar Structure and Evolution
The Physics of Music

Third year

Core modules:

Advanced Electrodynamics
Atomic and Laser Physics
Nuclear Physics
Particle Physics
Problem Solving and Advanced Skills in Physics
Semiconductor Physics and Technology
Solid State Physics

Optional modules:

Industrial Group Project in Physics
Microscopy and Spectroscopy Laboratory
Physical Computing
Physics Education and Outreach
Quantum Information Laboratory
Advanced Programming in Python
Dark Matter and the Universe
Further Quantum Mechanics
History of Astronomy
Introduction to Cosmology
Mathematical Physics
Nuclear Astrophysics
Physics Level 3 Project 1
Physics Level 3 Project 2
Physics in an Enterprise Culture
Statistical Physics
The Physics of Soft Condensed Matter

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Is time travel possible?
Are there habitable planets in other star systems?
Can we make a quantum computer?

Our courses explore the laws of the universe from subatomic particles to stars and galaxies. You'll join a community of researchers and students looking for answers to some of the biggest questions in the universe.

All our undergraduates get hands-on experience working alongside staff on real research projects. We have a comprehensive range of modern facilities, including research laboratories, two telescopes on the roof of our building and remote access to a telescope in the Canary Islands. We host numerous general and specialist seminars by Physicists from around the world.

Department of Physics and Astronomy website

What our graduates do

They are making an impact in many areas of society. Some are following careers in aerospace, telecommunications, teaching, defence and energy research. Others are achieving success in computing, accountancy and consultancy.

Organisations employing our graduates include Ernst & Young, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Toshiba, Museum of Science and Industry, Thales and the Home Office. Many of our graduates continue to PhD research and become research scientists in academia or industry.

Student profile


Our physics and astronomy courses explore the fundamental laws of the universe. You'll use your scientific knowledge and creativity to explore and challenge ideas about the physical world - right from the miniscule sub-atomic world of quarks and gluons to the vastness of the universe.

OpenPlus
For the first two years, you study in your own time on an Open University distance learning course. Complete this successfully and you can begin the second year of our full-time physics degrees. See our website for full details of this alternative entry route.

MPhys or BSc?
Our BSc courses focus on core knowledge and skills. The MPhys courses have an additional element of research work experience and more opportunity to study topics in greater depth. If you plan to follow a career as a research scientist, an MPhys degree would be most appropriate.

A built-in insurance offer
If you firmly accept as your first choice an offer for our MPhys courses, but your A Level grades are AAB, you're guaranteed a place on the BSc.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 4362
Email physics.ucas@sheffield.ac.uk

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