Courses at DCU
School of Physical Sciences

Applied Physics

Applied Physics
CAO Code:
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8
Delivery Mode:
Full-time
Minimum Points:
-
Duration:
4
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Programme PDF

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

As one of the most fundamental sciences, physics has fuelled many of the scientific and technological developments that we take for granted. Physicists have pioneered modern technologies as diverse as the Internet, nuclear power and MRI scanners. Today physicists continue to lead innovation in areas such as quantum information and communications technology, nanosystems design, ultrafast molecular switching and terahertz medical imaging.

DCU’s Applied Physics degree provides a solid physics foundation and invaluable laboratory exposure, with an overarching emphasis on real-life technological skills and applications. The analytical abilities and problem solving skills you’ll develop will also make you a standout candidate on the job market and serve you throughout your career.

This degree combines lectures, tutorials and stimulating laboratory work and projects with fundamental physics concepts and exciting, real-life technological skills and applications.

The basic foundations of physics will be laid in Years One and Two, while in Years Three and Four, you can choose to study specialist topics, such as instrumentation, nanotechnology, semiconductor materials, plasma physics and microfluidics.

In Year Three, your paid INTRA work placement will give you the opportunity experience industry for up to eight months. If you wish to pursue a research career, you will have the option of spending your placement working in one of the research groups in the School of Physical Sciences, where you’ll assist with cutting-edge research projects.

You’ll conduct your Year Four project in DCU’s world-class laboratories, experiencing the excitement and personal achievement associated with scientific research. On several occasions, final-year physics students have received national and international awards from the Undergraduate Awards, the Institute of Physics and the International Society of Automation on the basis of their project work.

During the course, you’ll be encouraged to apply for scientific internship schemes, including visiting fellowships in organisations such as the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

 

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For more information on every aspect of studying at DCU visit our CAO Hub, where you can listen to taster lectures, hear from our student ambassadors and find answers to frequently asked questions.

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.

My degree in Applied Physics has been an invaluable foundation for my career, supported by a Faculty that encouraged learning, development and enjoyment of university life. This course taught me to think, to question and to apply theory to practice—all invaluable life skills.

Grainne Sheerin, Google Ireland

Studying physic in DCU was a fantastic stepping stone into an exciting future. The course exposed me to concepts, new and classical, that both challenged and stimulated me and the kind guidance of the staff gave me the opportunity to develop anaytical skills which are now proving invaluable to me in my career as a Catastrophic Risk Analyst.

Sean McCabe

Career Areas
Aerospace
Education
Financial Services
Manufacturing Industries
Medical Physics
Software Engineering

 

Applied Physics is a gateway to a wide range of careers. Armed with highly marketable skills, you will be a powerful and versatile addition to any workforce. Examples of careers pursued by previous graduates include working in the areas of engineering, communications, semiconductors, photonics/optoelectronics and research and development. You could find yourself either in a design or management role, or you could push the boundaries of fundamental science in a research laboratory and be a future Nobel Prize winner!

This course is also suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in teaching, as it is recognised by the Teaching Council to teach physics (see www.teachingcouncil.ie for further details).

Further useful materials and resources on the many interesting and diverse career opportunities available to physics graduates are available on the Institute of Physics website.

 

Career Tags
Communications
Education
Electronics
Engineering
Information Technology
Optoelectronics
Photonics
Research and Development
Semiconductors
Teaching

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

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

EU 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 route 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.

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

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

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

There is no direct entry to the programme. 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.

EU Transfer Applicants

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

Make an Application

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