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Course Title
Faculty of Science and Health

Physics with Biomedical Sciences

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physics with Biomedical Sciences

  • CAO CodeDC173
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2018 466
  • Duration 4 Years

This course overlays the principles that underpin the chemical, biological and life sciences on a solid physics background, while exposing you to the most recent developments in the biomedical area.

Students who pursue this course combine a natural curiosity with analytical skills, perseverance and a broad range of interests. Modules are delivered through lectures, tutorials and modern laboratory work.

Throughout the programme, you’ll have full access to a custom-designed physics building equipped with state-of-the-art undergraduate and research laboratories.

You’ll also have the opportunity to intern for an extended period in a hospital (or private company) and experience the real medical environment.

Why do this course?

  • Personal attention from highly qualified and accessible staff
  • Hospital placements and scholarship opportunities
  • Preparation for a career in the rapidly changing biomedical and health sectors, including the areas of information and communication technologies (ICT), nanotechnology, optics and biotechnology
  • Opportunity for further studies in physics, medical physics or biophysics

Student Voice

DCU Applied Physics has given me an excellent physics foundation coupled with problem solving skills that enabled me to pursue a career in the rapidly developing medical physics field.

Dermot Gorman, Medical Physics and Bioengineering, St. James's Hospital

About the course

This four-year course combines lectures, tutorials and modern laboratory work with fundamental physics concepts and exciting, real-life technological skills and applications in the biomedical area. This will develop your analytical and problem-solving skills. Throughout your course, you will work in a custom-designed physics building equipped with state-of-the-art undergraduate and research laboratories. Seminars are delivered by international experts and eminent DCU researchers. Visits to internationally renowned biomedical research institutes will also be important parts of the course.

In Years One and Two, you’ll learn the basic foundations of physics and the fundamentals of chemistry, cell biology, anatomy and physiology.

In Years Three and Four, you’ll study a selection of more advanced physics topics, such as Quantum Mechanics or Laser Physics, which underpin applications in the biomedical sciences. Application courses at the interface between the physical and life sciences, such as Biomechanics of Human Movement, will also be offered. In Year Four, expert academic staff will teach medical physics subjects such as Medical Imaging or Medical Applications of Lasers.

In Year Three, INTRA will be an important opportunity for you to work for an extended period in a hospital and experience a real medical environment. INTRA placements in private companies with business interests in medical/biological instrumentation, Biotechnological applications or optical medical diagnostic applications, for example, are also possible.

Your Year Four project is an opportunity to experience first-hand the excitement and personal achievement associated with scientific research. On several occasions, final-year physics students with exceptional project work have received national and international awards from the Undergraduate Awards, the Institute of Physics and the International Society of Automation.

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Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


The course prepares students for careers that pair physics and technology with medical research, clinical services or the biomedical industries, including:

  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Design Management
  • Hospital Physicist
  • Image Processing
  • Lasers
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Optical Systems
  • Research

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of O3 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of O3 or H5 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Applied Mathematics

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE B Mathematics and GCE A Level C or GCE AS level B or GCSE B in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Physics with Chemistry or Applied Mathematics

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6 and Level 7 in relevant areas. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here