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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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DC171
Applied Physics

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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This course provides an understanding of physics, with particular emphasis on modern technological applications.

The course combines academic work, lab work, personal research projects and the exploration of fundamental physics concepts while also teaching technological skills.

Basic foundations of physics are studied in years one and two with third and fourth year offering specialist topics which include instrumentation, nanotechnology, plasma physics and microfluidics.

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CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques


Essential Module Requirements:
Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules: C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry
C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology
C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics
C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
C20033 - Laboratory Techniques
or 5N2751 - Laboratory Skills
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or 5N1833 - Mathematics

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A paid industry placement (INTRA) for up to eight months is offered in Year Three.

Graduates enter careers in Electronics, Optoelectonics, Communications, IT, Teaching, Software Engineering, Aerospace, Medical Physics, and Manufacturing.



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