The UK's top physics department for student satisfaction – 99% rating

2014 National Student Survey

We’re exploring the fundamental laws of the universe and developing pioneering technologies. We look beyond our planet to tackle global challenges – from climate change to meeting energy demands.

Researchers hoping to solve some of the biggest mysteries of the universe

With the Large Hadron Collider back on, we hope to help make a significant breakthrough in our understanding of the fundamental laws that govern the universe.

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Inspirational physicist honoured with portrait

Emeritus Professor Gillian Gehring has become the first woman to have her portrait hung in the University's Firth Hall, marking a lifetime dedicated to new discoveries in physics.

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Find out more about our degrees

Study the science behind everything from lasers and particles, to music and computers, to galaxies and the solar system.

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Study with us

Discover the laws of the universe alongside inspirational scientists. Our students study in a global classroom that stretches from Sheffield to CERN.

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World-class research

Our researchers are finding new planets and developing cutting-edge technologies. We offer world-class PhD training to some of the most talented new physicists.

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We develop solutions that solve major industrial challenges. Read about some of our projects on the Sheffield Science Gateway website.

Carbon capture technology – case study> Storing solar energy at home – case study> Radio-chromatography detectors – case study>