INTRA Programme BSc Applied Physics

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BSc Applied Physics


The Objective of this four-year, full-time degree is to produce graduates with a thorough understanding of physics, with an emphasis on modern technological applications, well-developed skills in modern laboratory techniques and the capacity to adapt to new developments. 

The courses taught within the degree programme provide substantial specialisation in the following areas: 

  • Computer programming, mathematics and computational physics 
  • Electronics and instrumentation 
  • Lasers, optics, spectroscopy and optoelectronics 
  • Semiconductor materials, physics, devices and technology 

Programme Summary

During the first two years, courses are provided in classical and modern physics as well as in mathematics, electronics and computing. From second year on, in addition to core modules students can choose from a suite of specialist areas including, for example, computational physics, sensors and digital signal processing. There is a strong emphasis on developing practical laboratory skills. Several final year Applied Physics students have received national awards from the Institute of Physics and the Instrument Society of America for their project work. An important element of Applied Physics at DCU is the emphasis placed on project work, report writing, oral presentations and laboratory skills throughout the four-year programme.

Work Areas 

Students from BSc Applied Physics will have the ability to work in the roles listed below: 

  • Manufacturing 
  • Process Control 
  • Optoelectronics 
  • Medical Physics 
  • Meteorology 
  • Education and Training 
  • Semiconductor Fabrication 
  • Instrumentation 
  • IT Support 
  • Environmental Monitoring 
  • Energy Sources 
  • Laboratory Research 
  • Electronics n Telecommunications 
  • Software Engineering 
  • Radiation Protection 
  • Conservation 
  • Desk Research Student

INTRA Internship

Students from BSc Applied Physics are eligible to participate in an eight month INTRA placement at the end of third year.


Course Modules

  • Physics Laboratory 
  • Physics 1
  • Introduction to Computing 
  • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Physicists
  • The Universe 
  • Thermal and Physical Properties of Matter
  • Introduction to Programming 
  • Electricity and Magnetism


  • Quantum Physics 
  • Advanced Programming 
  • Calculus of Several Variables
  • Digital and Analogue Electronics 
  • Linear Mathematics
  • Vibrations and Waves 
  • Electromagnetism 
  • Physics of Renewable Energy
  • Solid State Particles
  • Laboratory General Physics 
  • Relativity, Nuclear and Particle Physics


Core Modules 

  • Quantum Physics II 
  • Physics Laboratory V 
  • Statistical Physics
  •  Wave Optics 

Optional Modules

  • Introduction to Numerical Methods 
  • Semiconductor 
  • Physics 1 
  • Stellar physics



Core Modules

  • Introduction to Differential Equats and Apps to Mechanics
  • Quantum Electronics 
  • Electrodynamics 
  • Applied Spectroscopy 
  • Professional Development
  • Final Year Project 

Optional Modules 

  • High Energy Astrophysics 
  • Biophotonics
  •  Advanced Biomaterials and Processing Techniques


If you would be interested in hiring from this programme, please get in touch.


INTRA Coordinator Email Address   Contact Number 
Fiona Deane   01-7008877