The BSc in Physics with Data Analytics is run by the DCU School of Physical Sciences with partners across DCU and industry.
In this ground-breaking degree, you will combine the skills and knowledge of a Physics degree with the advanced data analytics tools you need to solve real-world problems in new and exciting ways. It is particularly suitable for those who wish to pursue a career as a physicist in industry, finance, tech or other demanding corporate sectors.
Why is it exciting?
Physics is the most fundamental science. It explains the mysteries of the universe and has fuelled many of the scientific and technological developments that we take for granted. Physicists pioneered modern technologies as diverse as the Internet, digital cameras, and MRI scanners.
Today, physicists continue to generate new knowledge about our world and lead innovation in cutting-edge realms such as:
- quantum information and communications technology
- nano-systems design
- ultrafast molecular switching
- terahertz medical imaging
- spearheading research on sustainable energy production and other global challenges.
Our technology-infused world also generates massive amounts of data and physicists are among those working to interpret that data and revolutionise how technologies are harnessed. The methods to process data are not only used in physics but applied across disciplines and sectors, including the semiconductor industry, pharmaceutical industry, finance, and software development, giving you an exciting range of options.
If you would like to do to this course, apply via DC175 Physics General Entry. You can then choose to study for the BSc in Physics with Data Analytics upon successful completion of year one.
What will I study?
You will begin studying a variety of physics topics in Years 1 and 2. This degree combines lectures, tutorials, stimulating laboratory work, and projects combining fundamental physics concepts with exciting, real-life technological skills and applications.
The basic foundations of physics, maths, and programming will be laid in Years 1 and 2, while in Years 3 and 4, more specialist topics on machine learning, artificial intelligence and quantum computing are introduced.
In third year you will have the opportunity to work in industry as part of our industrial training programme or optionally spend your placement working in one of the research groups in the School of Physical Sciences or DCU affiliated research centres, where you’ll assist with cutting-edge research projects.
Your 4th, final year includes choices on nanotechnology, plasma physics and physics of medical diagnostics. Throughout the 4 years of your degree, you will also explore mathematics, statistics, programming, cloud-, and high-performance computing. You will then learn how to apply these computational tools to industry-relevant physical and societal scenarios using real-world data from industry partners and learn to communicate the results.
You’ll conduct your Year Four project in DCU’s world-class laboratories and research centres, experiencing the excitement and personal achievement associated with scientific research. In a second part of the final year project, you will team up in interdisciplinary groups and collaboratively tackle industry-led real-life problems.
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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.
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.
Physics in itself 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. Graduates from the BSc in Physics with Data Analytics will be much sought after as analysts and project managers by technology start-ups, semiconductor industries, banks, insurers, gaming companies, software firms, global tech firms and multinational professional services organisations. A future in middle or higher management will be a concrete option for those interested in it.
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.
- Manufacturing Industries
- Medical Physics/Pharmaceutical
- Financial Services
- Software Engineering
- Technical Consultancy