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Sheffield Hallam University

Physics

UCAS Code: F300

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

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

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

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Physics

**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.

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

- Applied learning

- Work placements

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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.

Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Atomic And Nuclear Physics 20.00 credits
Electronics 20.00 credits
Introduction To Condensed Matter Physics 20.00 credits
Mathematics For Physicists 20.00 credits
The Professional And Practical Physicist 1 20.00 credits
Vibrations, Waves And Optics 20.00 credits
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Mechanics, Relativity And Electromagnetism 20.00 credits
Physical Modelling 1 20.00 credits
Quantum And Condensed Matter Physics 20.00 credits
The Professional And Practical Physicist 2 20.00 credits
Thermodynamics And Statistical Physics 20.00 credits
Elective modules
Analogue And Digital Systems 20.00 credits
Foreign Language 20.00 credits
Interfaces And Instrumentation 20.00 credits
Final year
Compulsory modules
Physical Modelling 2 20.00 credits
Professional Practice 20.00 credits
Project For Physicists 20.00 credits
Elective modules
Advanced Investigatory Techniques 20.00 credits
Applied Business Intelligence 20.00 credits
Fluid Flow 20.00 credits
Foreign Language 20.00 credits
Modelling With Partial Differential Equations 20.00 credits
Optical Fibre Communications/Optoelectronics 20.00 credits
Tensors 20.00 credits
Vlsi Design 20.00 credits

Assessment methods

* Coursework
Exams
Practicals

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


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Physics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,720
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Teaching and educational professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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