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Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Code: F300 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


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.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

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

UCAS Tariff


This must include at least 64 UCAS points from Physics and Mathematics A levels (with a minimum grade C in both). For example: BBB-BBC at A Level with the grade C in Mathematics or Physics DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma Merit overall from a T level qualification A combination of qualifications, which must include 64 points from A level Mathematics and Physics (with a minimum grade C in both) and may include AS Levels, EPQ, general studies and BTEC National Qualifications If you don’t meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BSC Physics with Foundation Year course.

About this course

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Full-time | 2024

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4 years | Sandwich | 2024



**Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**

- Be a physicist from day one, using key principles to solve real-world problems.

- Explore the universe, from black holes to the Higgs Boson.

- Specialise in anything from astro to particle physics.

- Use physics creatively to discover new things.

- Apply theory to hands-on experiments, placements, projects and modelling.

Learning in small, close-knit and supportive groups, you’ll study a range of classical and modern physics, using mathematical and analytical tools to solve the problems you encounter. The skills you’ll develop are some of the most versatile of any subject, preparing you to excel in the world of physics and beyond.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation course.

**How you learn**

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. You’ll connect theory to real-world applications and dive into ongoing research and industry trends.

**Course Topics**

The course covers an extensive range of topics – including quantum physics, atomic structure, astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear and particle physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, and advanced computational physics.

During the course, you’ll jump into atomic, nuclear and particle physics – exploring the universe through astrophysics, the infinitesimal, quantum physics and the structure of matter. You’ll also hone your skills in python programming and research, collaborating with second and final-year students on a project from our research institute.

We’ll then explore quantum tunnelling, dark matter and how to apply electromagnetism, special relativity and thermodynamics to real-world problems. You’ll work on a large project based in our research institute, taking a greater responsibility for driving the research. You’ll also be supported to find a paid industrial work placement in an area of your choosing, as well as an optional work placement year – both helping you to get a real sense of how your physics skills support you in work.

In your final year you’ll complete a year-long research project, specialising in an area of physics you’re interested in. For example, you could examine the topology of black holes, explore how superfast magnetic switching materials can treat cancer, or gather data on nuclear transitions at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Or even use material research techniques to find fraudulent artefacts in museum collections. You’ll also be able to choose from a selection of taught subjects – from the history of physics to learning how to use Scanning Electron Microscopes.

**Applied learning**

**Live Projects**

Our physics course prioritises the practical application of knowledge and provides opportunities for you to interact with real research and industry projects.

You’ll have the chance to collaborate on live projects that involve real-world physics challenges from industry partners. In previous years students have collaborated with companies such as Mott MacDonald, identifying cutting-edge techniques to examine crack penetration in industrial concrete, and Chase Cryogenics, supporting their development of materials suitable for 3D printing in micro kelvin environments.

**Work Placements**

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

Previous students have secured placements at businesses such as Rutherford Appleton laboratories, HSBC, Covance, the RAF and Babcock International.


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.

**Important notice:** The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

**Year 1**

**Compulsory modules**

Bridging The Gap From Classical To Quantum Physics
Exploring The Building Blocks Of Matter - Particle, Nuclear, And Atomic Physics
Physics In Practice - Skills For Real-World Applications
The Physics Of Stars And Beyond - Exploring The Universe

**Year 2**

**Compulsory modules**

Exploring The Cosmos Through Mechanics, Relativity, And Astrophysics
Harnessing Quantum And Computational Physics For Discovery
How To Predict The Future - Thermodynamics And Statistical Physics
Physics Unleashed - Mastering Real-World Applications

**Year 3**

**Optional modules**

Placement Year

**Final year**

**Compulsory modules**

Developing Further Advanced Topics In Physics And Its Applications
Discovering Advanced Topics In Physics And Its Applications
Project: Implementation
Project: Management And Scoping

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Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

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