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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)


Full-time Physics

Study physics in the real world: gain a broad-based education in physics, its application and an insight into the impact of physics on modern commercial technologies.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? F300
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Gain analytical and mathematical modelling skills to describe the multiple aspects of the physical world.
  • Achieve the confidence and ability to formulate and solve problems in physics and beyond.
  • Gain a firm basis for conducting physics research in a range of theoretical and practical areas, including the skills to manage a project.
  • Participate in rigorous intellectual training that engenders an interest in current developments at the frontiers of the subject.

Develop the skills and attributes for a career in physics or any professional occupation requiring confident, innovative, organised, numerate, analytical and strategic thinkers with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Student View

Watch student Rhian Hughes talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch lecturer Tom Ostler talk about this course.

We have designed a balanced mix of activities to develop you as a professional physicist and enhance your future career prospects.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • laboratory sessions
  • problem-based and practical activity-based sessions
  • group and individual project work
  • acting as mentors for other students

Course leaders and tutors

Simon Clark
Simon Clark
Head of Physics

Simon is the Head of Physics

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Although optional, a placement is actively encouraged – it is virtually guaranteed to have a transformative effect and will significantly improve your employability at the end of the degree.

Live projects

You have the opportunity to set up your own business venture or engage in real-life projects with external clients.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • aerospace
  • defence
  • education
  • energy
  • engineering
  • instrumentation
  • manufacturing
  • oil and gas
  • science
  • communication
  • space exploration
  • telecommunications

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • excellent facilities and analytical equipment
  • a range of new teaching and research laboratories

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 64 points from A level mathematics and physics. For example:

  • BBC at A Level with grade C in mathematics and Physics.
  • A combination of qualifications, which must include 64 points from A level mathematics and Physics and may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4
  • Science at grade C or 4

• Foundation - successful completion of our Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics or equivalent

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Atomic And Nuclear Physics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Electronics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Condensed Matter Physics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mathematics For Physicists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Professional And Practical Physicist 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Vibrations, Waves And Optics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Mechanics, Relativity And Electromagnetism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Physical Modelling 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Quantum And Condensed Matter Physics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Professional And Practical Physicist 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Thermodynamics And Statistical Physics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Analogue And Digital Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Interfaces And Instrumentation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Physical Modelling 2 Credits: 20
Module: Professional Practice For Physicists Credits: 20
Module: Project For Physicists Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Advanced Investigatory Techniques Credits: 20
Module: Applied Business Intelligence Credits: 20
Module: Fluid Flow Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Modelling With Partial Differential Equations Credits: 20
Module: Optical Fibre Communications/Optoelectronics Credits: 20
Module: Tensors And Relativity Credits: 20
Module: Vlsi Design Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Physics courses (PDF)

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