Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code FV35
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up tuition fee and additional costs
Related subjects Physics Philosophy

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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

This combination of subjects produces well-rounded graduates: scientists who understand the philosophical problems raised by scientific concepts.

The science half of the course covers the whole spectrum of modern physics. It will also help you develop the skills and the personal qualities physicists rely on. The philosophy part of the course is unusually flexible. There are no compulsory modules.

You can develop your understanding of key areas of philosophy such as ethics, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, metaphysics and logic. We also teach courses on major figures in the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Hegel.

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

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

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, 5 in Higher Level Maths and Physics
BTEC Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2, including Maths and Physics
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced 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

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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

Department of Philosophy

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our modules and the high quality of our teaching. Our staff are among the best in the world at what they do. They're active researchers so your lectures and seminars are informed, relevant and exciting. We'll teach you how to think carefully, analytically and creatively.

Our staff and students use philosophy to engage with real world issues. You will be able to use what you learn to make a difference in the community, through projects like Philosophy in the City, an innovative and award-winning programme that enables students to teach philosophy in schools, homeless shelters and centres for the elderly. Out students run a thriving Philosophy Society and the only UK undergraduate philosophy journal. Our Centre for Engaged Philosophy pursues research into questions of fundamental political and social importance, from criminal justice and social inclusion to climate ethics, all topics that are covered in our teaching. Philosophy changes our perspective on the world, and equips and motivates us to make a difference.

Department of Philosophy 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


"Sheffield's fantastic because the lecturers are really friendly and they're all really approachable, and there are loads of different ways to get involved apart from your lectures."

Emma Shephard
Philosophy

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

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