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Faculty of Science and Health

Physics with Biomedical Sciences

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physics with Biomedical Sciences

  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2019 402
  • Duration 4 Years
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Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

There is no direct entry to the programme via CAO. All entries to this programme are via DC175 Physics General Entry

On successful completion of Physics General Entry you will progress to Year Two of one of the following, and complete three further years of study: 

  • BSc in Applied Physics
  • BSc in Physics with Astronomy 
  • BSc in Physics with Biomedical Sciences

 

Physics with Biomedical Sciences 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

The experience I obtained throughout my time studying Physics with Biomedical Sciences was imperative for my further education as a PhD student. I gained confidence to use my own critical thinking to solve various problems and have been able to apply this to many of my new projects. There are many wonderful lecturers and lab technicians whose instruction and direction have helped me to not only achieve my goals, but inspired me to challenge my own potential.

Niamh Kilcawley

I feel very fortunate to have studied Physics with Biomedical Sciences at DCU. Over the course of four short years my analytical and problem-solving skills improved to an almost unbelievable extent. As I now near completion of my MSc in Medical Physics, the strong understanding of fundamental principles, industry experience and research skills I acquired throughout my undergraduate degree has proven a winning formula in terms of both academic and employment opportunities post-graduation.

Kevin Bryne 

About the course

This 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.

Careers

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

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

There is no direct entry to the programme. All entries to this programme are via DC175 Physics General Entry. 

Transfer Applications

Holders of Higher Certificate/National Certificates or Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diplomas with Merit or Distinction may be admitted into second year if the relevant Programme Boards are satisfied that the candidate has achieved an appropriate standard in the major subjects covered in Year One. Direct entry into third year is possible for well-motivated students holding a distinction at Diploma level in a related discipline.

Please note there is no transfer entry to year one of this programme.

International Applications

There is no direct entry to the programme. All entries to this programme are via DC175 Physics General Entry. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

There is no direct entry to the programme via CAO. All entries to this programme are via DC175 Physics General Entry. 

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

There is no direct entry to the programme. All entries to this programme are via DC175 Physics General Entry. For further information on international applications click here.

Mature Applicants

There is no direct entry to the programme via CAO. All entries to this programme are via DC175 Physics General Entry. 

EU Transfer Applicants

There is no direct entry to the programme via CAO. All entries to this programme are via DC175 Physics General Entry. 

Make an Application

There is no direct entry to the programme via CAO. All entries to this programme are via DC175 Physics General Entry.