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Theoretical Physics with a Year in Industry MPhys

University of Sheffield

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  • Qualification

    Master of Physics - MPhys

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    5 Years

Course summary

Course description

On this course, you’ll study the maths and physics that govern the universe, and build up knowledge and experience on a work placement, which you can apply to the final years of your degree and a career in research. Our students have used their numerical and problem-solving skills on placements that range from data science jobs in the civil service to the Large Hadron Collider team at CERN.

In your first two years, you’ll do the essential physics that all of our students cover, including quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, special relativity and classical physics. You can study more advanced maths topics in the university’s School of Mathematics and Statistics, including calculus, geometry, differential equations, linear algebra, and mechanics and fluids. These modules give you a much more detailed understanding of mathematical concepts than our standard physics degrees.

In practical classes, you’ll run experiments using the equipment in our modern laboratories to help you understand how important theories apply to the real world. In programming classes you can learn skills that are key to theoretical physics and valuable in many graduate careers, from data science to computer game design. There are also optional modules on topics such as particle physics and the physics of music.

Your third year will be your placement year. When you return for your fourth year, you can branch out into lots of different areas and complete your own research project in theoretical physics. Your core modules will cover topics like quantum mechanics and statistical physics. Optional subjects include dark matter and mathematical biology.

Learning

You'll learn through lectures, small group tutorials, programming classes, practical sessions in the lab and research projects.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Facilities

Our students are trained in newly refurbished teaching laboratories and can access a range of specialist technologies, from the telescopes on our roof to our state-of-the-art Quantum Information Laboratory.

In their final year, MPhys students are based in a specialist research laboratory where scientists are studying technologies such as 2D materials, photovoltaic devices and advanced microscopy tools.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 25,670per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University information

University of Sheffield

  • University League Table

    26th

  • Campus address

    University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, England

Pathway programmes are available to help students with English as a second language and different educational backgrounds prepare for their academic career.
With nearly 11,000 international students, Sheffield is a diverse, welcoming city that’s celebrated for its safety and strong sense of community and culture.
The university offers a range of scholarships for high-achieving international students who demonstrate excellent academic potential.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    28th out of 50 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    146 65%

    31st

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88.0 88%

    17th

    18
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%

    41st

    22

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