Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code F3F6
Duration 5 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Physics Astrophysics Astronomy

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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 year in industry is a one-year extension of the MPhys Physics and Astrophysics degree. A year in industry will put your academic studies into context, and improve your skills and your employability.

This is a broad and intellectually stimulating degree that includes core physics knowledge and a thorough grounding in astrophysics. You'll study the workings of the universe, from the planets of our solar system to the most distant galaxies.

You'll learn how to analyse astronomical data, draw conclusions and present results. You can spend time in the astronomy laboratory and use our robotic telescope to take your own data. In your final year, you'll complete a project in an area that interests you.

Each year, one or two students on this course may be selected to spend their final year working at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on La Palma. This provides experience of a working observatory and the chance to complete an extended research project.

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 AAA, including Maths and Physics
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB, including AA in Maths and Physics + A. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and Physics
BTEC Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3, including Maths and Physics
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in Maths and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA 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.

Department of Physics and Astronomy website

First year

Core modules:

Mathematics for Physicists and Astronomers
Fields and Quanta
Motion and Heat
Introduction to Astrophysics
Observing the Night Sky
Our Evolving Universe
The Solar System

Second year

Core modules:

From Electromagnetism to Quantum Physics
From Thermodynamics to Atomic and Nuclear Physics
Physics Skills
Astronomical Spectroscopy
Galaxies
Observational Astronomy
Stellar Structure and Evolution

Optional modules:

Classical Physics
Extra-Solar Planets and Astrobiology

Fourth year

Core modules:

Astronomy Project
Atomic and Laser Physics
Further Quantum Mechanics
Introduction to Cosmology
Particle Physics
Problem Solving & Advanced Skills in Physics/Astrophysics
Solid State Physics
Statistical Physics
Stellar Atmospheres

Optional modules:

Industrial Group Project in Physics
Microscopy and Spectroscopy Laboratory
Physical Computing
Physics Education and Outreach
Quantum Information Laboratory
Dark Matter and the Universe
History of Astronomy
Nuclear Astrophysics
Nuclear Physics
Physics Level 3 Project 1
Physics Level 3 Project 2

Fifth year

Core modules:

Research Project in Physics and Astronomy
Galaxy Formation and Evolution
Star Formation and Evolution

Optional modules:

Advanced Electrodynamics
Advanced Particle Physics
Advanced Programming in Python
Advanced Quantum Mechanics
An Introduction to General Relativity
Biological Physics
Dark Matter and the Universe
History of Astronomy
Magnetic Resonance: Principles and Applications
Optical Properties of Solids
Particle Astrophysics
Physics Communication and Impact
Physics in an Enterprise Culture
Semiconductor Physics and Technology
The Development of Particle 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.

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Email physics.ucas@sheffield.ac.uk

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