Physics and Astrophysics, University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 25670 per year

All study options

About Physics and Astrophysics at University of Sheffield

On our Physics and Astrophysics course, you'll spend half your time studying astrophysics modules. This means our degree programme has more astrophysics content than most, taking you from the formation and evolution of our solar system, through stars and galaxies, to the origin and evolution of the universe.

There are two telescopes on the roof of our building, which you'll be trained to use from your first year. We also run a telescope on La Palma in the Canary Islands, which students use during our annual field trip. 

At the start of your course, in lectures and lab classes you'll cover the essential physics behind everything else you'll study: heat, motion, electricity, magnetism and quantum mechanics. You'll also begin studying the fundamentals of astronomy and astrophysics with modules that cover topics such as our solar system, stars, galaxies and basic cosmology. There are practical sessions using our telescopes and, in programming classes, you can learn skills that are essential to modern astrophysics and valuable in many graduate careers, from data science to computer game design.

You'll explore essential physics in even more depth in your second year, and continue to specialise in astrophysics with modules on the structure and evolution of stars and galaxies. You'll do more practical work with our telescopes and continue to develop your programming skills. 

In the third year, you can branch out into lots of different areas and complete your own research project in astrophysics. Your core modules will cover topics like cosmology and stellar atmospheres. Optional modules include topics such as dark matter and nuclear astrophysics.

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

Institute of Physics (IOP)

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 25670 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fees for 2023 entry have not been confirmed. Please use this 2022-23 information as a guide

Entry requirements

A Level requirements: AAB

English 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 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

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