Physics with Biomedical Sciences

Physics with Biomedical Sciences

Course Details

CAO Code:
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Placement:
Yes
Delivery Mode:
Full-time
Minimum Points
N/A
Duration:
4 yr
Phone:
+353 (0) 1
700 5037

Are you a naturally curious person with analytical skills, perseverance, and a broad range of interests?

Overview

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If you love physics and are interested in understanding how it can be applied to biomedical sciences, this is the course for you.

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 biomedical developments. You’ll learn through lectures and tutorials, and by working in our state-of-the-art laboratories. You’ll also benefit from our small class sizes and learning from our award-winning teaching staff, who are also undertaking cutting-edge research.

Practical experience to apply the theory
In third year, you’ll get the chance to intern for an extended period in a hospital and experience the real medical environment. Alternatively, you can do a research placement at DCU or go on an industrial placement in areas such as medical/biological instrumentation, biotechnological applications or optical medical diagnostic applications. 

Once you graduate, you will be qualified to work in a huge range of industries such as biomedical instrumentation, medical physics, image processing, or lasers and medical optical systems. Alternatively, you might find a design or management role in the fast-growing biomedical, biotechnology or healthcare sectors, or go on to further specialised training in medical physics to become a hospital physicist or undertake a PhD in the biomedical field.

DCU People

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Paul Cannon
Alumni

The physics courses in DCU sounded like my dream come true, but my narcolepsy meant I needed extensive additional support and accommodation.


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Harry Gribben
Alumni

I didn’t always succeed at exams in my first two years at DCU, so I was determined to do things differently once third year arrived.


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Careers & Further Options

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Careers

Physics with Biomedical Sciences is a gateway to a wide range of careers. Armed with highly marketable skills, you will be a powerful addition to any workforce. As a graduate, you will be well placed to take on a career in areas such as biomedical instrumentation, clinical and diagnostic services, medical imaging and image processing, lasers and medical optical systems, to name just a few. You could find yourself in either a design or management role in any area of the fast-growing biomedical, biotechnology and healthcare sectors. You could also go on to further specialised training in medical physics in order to obtain the qualification of Hospital Physicist or undertake a research programme in medical physics or the biomedical sciences.

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.

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

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.

Entry Requirements

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

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.

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.

Course Structure

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You will enter BSc in Physics with Biomedical Science via the Physics General Entry route (DC175), confirming your choice at the end of Year 1.

In Years 1 and 2, you’ll learn the basic foundations of physics and the fundamentals of chemistry, cell biology, anatomy and physiology.

In Years 3 and 4, you’ll study a selection of more advanced physics topics, such as Wave Optics and Laser Physics, which underpin applications in the biomedical sciences. 

You’ll also take modules at the interface between the physical and life sciences, such as Biomaterials & Processing Technology, the Physics of Medical Diagnostics and Image Processing & Analysis

INTRA
Also in Year 3, through the INTRA placement, you will have the opportunity to intern for an extended period in a hospital and experience the 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. 

If you think you might like a career in research, there’s also opportunities to work in some of the world-leading research centres based in DCU, such as the Fraunhofer Project Centre for embedded bioanalytical systems (FPC@DCU).


For more information on the course structure click here

How To Apply

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

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.

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

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 06th November to the 01st July.

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

Life On Campus

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FAQs

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