On this course, you'll spend a year studying physics and astrophysics at a top university in the USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia. It's a great way to get an even bigger range of perspectives on physics and where it can take you, while you experience life in another part of the world.
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 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.
Your third year will be your year abroad. When you return to Sheffield for your final year, you'll have a variety of optional modules to choose from and you'll work on a major research project. You'll choose a research topic in astrophysics and work closely with a member of academic staff who is an expert in the area you want to explore. The project takes up around half of your final year and can lead to a publication in a scientific journal.