Experimental Physics - Research

Research degrees in Experimental Physics are based on original research work, which may involve laboratory investigations and/or computational studies. This research is carried out under the supervision of an experienced researcher. In addition, valuable transferable skills might developed through flexible support modules, as part of Maynooth University's structured Masters programme.

All research students will be registered onto a Structured Research Programme. Students need to pass a certain number of credits in course modules in addition to successful completion and examination of the thesis. The student's original research as presented in the thesis is the sole means of assessment for the award of the degree.

MSc by Research students must take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules (at least 5 in transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific modules) from the Structured PhD programme.

Entry requirements

Minimum second-class honours undergraduate degree in Physics or equivalent.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850


2 years Full-time

Enrolment dates

Commences September (or other agreed time)

Post Course Info

During the course of their studies research students at the Department of Experimental Physics develop expertise in specialized areas of experimental physics, computational physics or astrophysics. Research work in Experimental Physics also develops a range of ancillary skills – in the areas of problem-solving, computational modelling, system analysis, and technical communication.

This blend of Physics and transferable skills means that Physics graduates are highly sought after by employers not only in a wide range of traditional high-technology industries such as microelectronics, telecommunication, software engineering or medical physics, but also in an even wider range of areas where advanced numeracy is a distinct advantage – such as scientific civil service, finance or climate science. Students pursuing research in astrophysics also might consider areas specifically requiring astrophysicists such as space science, or satellite and deep space communications.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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