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The course is a four year, full time honours degree programme and aims to provide graduates with scientific and analytical skills in physics as well as a practical problem solving ability.

It is not necessary to have studied physics in order to do this degree, although you do need to have an interest in science and technology. All of the Physics in year 1 and much of it in year 2 is delivered using the exciting method of Problem Based Learning. This learning style allows students to develop additional skills much sought after by industry: problem solving, adaptability, teamwork, research skills, leadership and communication skills.

Physics Technology is an accredited programme of the Institute of Physics (IOP).


This course will suit you if you are interested in the applications of physics to the key areas of Energy and Environment. You will need an aptitude for science and a keen interest in physics.

The first year of this programme provides a strong foundation across all of the relevant science subjects and in mathematics. This prepares students for the applied nature of the physics modules which are developed through to the final year and for the specialist Energy and Environment modules studied. In second year, the relevant core modules in physics, mathematics and computing are taught together with some specialised material in the Energy and Environmental areas. These areas are further developed in stages three and four.

All students participate in an industrial work placement of approximately 6 months in stage 3. Additionally, there is a strong emphasis throughout the programme on problem solving skills, professional skills, computing and ICT skills. There is a significant emphasis on laboratory practice and skills. These aspects of the programme, together with work placement and modules that emphasise the practical nature of the programme prepare graduates for employment in the relevant sectors or for graduate study either here in Ireland or abroad.


A range of specialist modules are delivered by experts in the areas of Medical Devices, Bioengineering and Rehabilitation Engineering, Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy to ensure a strong focus and relevance to the programme.

In the module “Physics of Medical Devices” you will gain an insight into the Medical Device Industry from the initial concept of a medical device to the manufacture of the device.

In the module Diagnostic Imaging, the learner will gain an understanding of the principles of how an image is formed using x-rays or sound waves and be able to critically assess the important design features in such imaging devices for optimum image quality.

In the “Bioengineering” module you will learn about the design and engineering of artificial limbs and implants as well as advanced biocompatible materials.

Furthermore, there is a seven month Work Placement as part of year 3 in either a Medical Physics & Bioengineering department in a hospital, research laboratory or in a Medical Device industry. 


The aim of this programme is to produce graduates with the necessary skills for employment as technicians/technologists or scientific personnel in the fields of technology and physics, with a particular emphasis on the applications of physics in industrial and environmental contexts including the science underlying renewable energy and sustainable technologies.

The first year of the programme is common with the programmes DT212 Science, DT259 Biosciences and DT261 Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences, giving the student a broad scientific base before concentrating on the Applied Physics in Year 2 and Year 3.

The programme is offered on a modular basis. Six common core modules in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, professional skills and Information Technology provide students with a solid foundation in science. In the second semester there are modules of Project Based Physics, Astronomy and Environmental & Energy Physics. The student chooses an additional module from a selection of Chemistry and Biology modules on offer.

In the third year the applied and practical nature of the degree and the emphasis on environment, energy and industry come to the fore.


This degree is a physics and chemistry degree with a unique focus on nanoscience and nanotechnology. In the later years of the degree the student chooses to specialise in either physics or chemistry, but all students do the nanotechnology modules. Concentration on a single subject is not enough for any scientist, especially in as wide-ranging a subject area as nanotechnology. So as well as chemistry and physics, this degree programme covers relevant Biology, Problem Solving Skills, Computer Studies, Maths (in Years 1 and 2) and Professional Skills.

In addition to the scientific modules, students will take a series of professional development modules on topics such as Entrepreneurial skills, Invention, Innovation and Commercialisation Skills and the role of science and technology in society. 


This General Science Programme is ideal if you are not yet sure which Science discipline you wish to pursue and you are looking for a broad education in first year that will allow the maximum possible choice in future years.

In Year One students will study Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Nutrition.

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The main aim of this programme is to produce graduates with the necessary skills for employment as technicians/technologists or scientific personnel in the fields of biosciences, chemistry and physics.

Students will be able to select from a range of specialised modules which will be delivered in the second semester of year one including; Medicinal Chemistry, Astronomy/Environmental and Energy Physics and Human Biology and Disease. Entry to this course affords the opportunity to experience the three main scientific subjects prior to committing to a specific course.

After successful completion of the first year students will select and transfer to the second year of one of the following courses and will complete their studies as registered students of this course: BSc Biosciences (DT259) BSc Industrial and Environmental Physics (DT260), BSc Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science (DT261).

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