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University of Sheffield

Physics and Astrophysics

UCAS Code: FF35
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136

% applicants receiving offers

90%

Subjects
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
Student score
83% MED
83% MED
% employed or in further study
88% LOW
88% LOW
Average graduate salary
£21k MED
£21k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB

AAB in Mathematics and Physics

Scottish Highers
AAABB

AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers
AB

Mathematics and Physics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
34

6 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

90%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Few physics departments offer students as many opportunities to study astrophysics as we do in Sheffield. This degree is split roughly fifty-fifty between core physics topics and specialist astrophysics modules, taught by international researchers who are leading studies into monster stars, quasars and supernovae. Our building has a state-of-the-art telescope facility on the roof, which you can use to deepen your understanding of outer space.

Modules

Classical physics; optics; experimental physics 1 and 2; from thermodynamics to quantum mechanics; from electromagnetism to atomic and nuclear physics; aspects of medical imaging and technology; numerical and computational physics; stellar structure and evolution; galaxies; techniques of observation; programming in c (core on mphys); extrasolar planets and astrobiology; the dynamic interstellar medium; the physics of music; physics of materials; physics with labview; nuclear physics; particle physics; atomic and laser physics; problem solving and advanced skills in physics; solid state physics; advanced electrodynamics; semiconductor physics and technology; physics project 1 or 2; numerical and computational physics; programming in c (not on mphys); introduction to cosmology; further quantum mechanics (not on mphys); mathematical physics; nuclear astrophysics; dark matter and the universe; history of astronomy; statistical physics (core on mphys); group project; physics in an enterprise culture; physics of soft condensed matter; research project in physics and astronomy; introduction to cosmology; mathematical physics; nuclear astrophysics; dark matter and the universe; history of astronomy; semiconductor physics and technology; cosmic origins; biological physics; advanced particle physics; magnetic resonance: principles and applications; physics in an enterprise culture; high energy astrophysics; development of particle physics; physics of soft condensed matter; advanced quantum mechanics; optical properties of solids.

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Forget northern grit Sheffield is in the heart of a vibrant, student-friendly city mixed with halls in leafy suburbs on the edge of the Peak District. A red brick with a thoroughly modern outlook, an award-winning Students' Union complete with 47 sports clubs and more than 250 societies - and a 24-hour library makes for The Full Monty of a student experience.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
36%
64%

Year 1

34%
66%

Year 2

30%
70%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
71%
19%
10%

Year 1

73%
13%
14%

Year 2

69%
27%
4%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

78%

Library resources are satisfactory

87%

Feedback on work has been helpful

76%

Feedback on work has been prompt

65%

Staff are good at explaining things

98%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
23% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
431 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 88% LOW
Average graduate salary £21k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

6%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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 nearly a quarter of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree. 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. IT and engineering – also commanding decent salaries - are other popular industries for physics graduates.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

78%

Library resources are satisfactory

87%

Feedback on work has been helpful

76%

Feedback on work has been prompt

65%

Staff are good at explaining things

98%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
23% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
454 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
81% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 88% LOW
Average graduate salary £21k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

5%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Not a lot of people study astronomy as a first degree, and if you want to be one of the small number of people who start work as an astronomer every year, you will need a doctorate – so 40% of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.
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