INTRA Programme BSc Physics with Biomedical Sciences

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BSc Physics with Biomedical Sciences


This course has been designed to provide both a solid background in physics and in the principles which underpin chemical, biological and life sciences, and a good understanding of the most recent developments such as nanosystem design or ultrafast molecular switching. It is ideally suited to the needs of students who intend to pursue a career in physics and technology related to medical research, clinical services or biomedical industries. St James’s Hospital, Dublin, is a partner in both the development and the running of the Physics with Biomedical Sciences course. This four year 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 analytical and problem-solving skills.

Programme Outline 

In Years One and Two, the students study the basic foundations of physics and the fundamentals of chemistry, cell biology, anatomy and physiology. In Years Three and Four, they study a selection of more advanced physics topics, such as Quantum Mechanics or Laser Physics, that 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, medical physics subjects such as Medical Imaging or Medical Applications of Lasers, will be taught by expert academic staff. Throughout your course they work in a custom-designed physics building equipped with state-of-the-art undergraduate and research laboratories. Seminars by eminent DCU researchers and visits to internationally renowned biomedical research institutes will also be important parts of the course. In Year Three, INTRA is an important opportunity to work for an extended period (typically eight months) in a hospital or in private companies with business interests in medical/biological instrumentation, biotechnological applications or optical medical diagnostic applications.

Work Areas 

Physics with Biomedical Sciences is a gateway to a wide range of careers. Armed with highly marketable skills, students are a powerful addition to any workforce. Graduates will be well placed to take on a career in areas such as biomedical instrumentation, clinical and diagnostic services, medical imaging and image processing or lasers and medical optical systems, to give but a few examples. Roles in any area of the fast-growing biomedical, biotechnology and healthcare sectors.

INTRA Internship

Students from BSc Physics with Biomedical Sciences complete an eight month INTRA internship at the end of third year.


Course Modules

  • Introduction to Programming 
  • Electricity and Magnetism 
  • Physics Laboratory 
  • Introduction to Computing 
  • Physiology for Health Sciences
  •  Physics
  •  Calculus 
  • Thermal and Physical Properties of Matter
  •  Chemistry for Health Related Professions
  • Advanced Programming 
  • Digital and Analogue Electronics 
  • Anatomy 
  • Laboratory General Physics 
  • Linear Algebra
  •  Calculus of Several Variables 
  • Quantum Physics
  •  Vibrations and Waves Physics of Renewable Energy 
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement 
  • Electro-magnetism


  • Immunology and Cell Biology for Engineers 
  • Quantum Physics II 
  • Relativity, Nuclear and Particle Physics
  •  Statistical Physics
  •  Wave Optics 
  • Physics Laboratory Level 3


  • Image Processing and Analysis 
  • Advanced Bio Materials and Processing 
  • Technology 
  • Quantum Electronics 
  • Microfluidics
  •  Final Year Project 
  • Applied Spectroscopy 
  • Biophotonics 
  • Professional Development


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


INTRA Coordinator Email Address   Contact Number 
Fiona Deane   01-7008877