School of Physical Sciences

Physics with Biomedical Sciences

Physics with Biomedical Sciences
CAO Code:
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Mode:
Full-time
Minimum Points
N/A
Duration:
4 yr
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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

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.

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.

View the current course structure

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.

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

 

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U. The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUFM. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

 

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

 

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 

Career Areas
Biomedical Sector Biotechnology
Clinical and Diagnostic Services
Healthcare

 

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.

 

 

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

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

There is no direct entry to the programme. 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.

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May. 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.

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

There is no direct entry to the programme via CAO. 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 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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May

Make an Application

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