MSc Physics
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Physics provides us with a model of the universe, on an incredible range of scales, from inside the nucleus of the atom towards the edge of the observable universe. Advances in Physics underpin many technological developments, for example our knowledge of electron transport in semiconductors has led us to the point where computer processors and memory are almost ubiquitous.

This UCD MSc in Physics offers a negotiated learning (NL) model for students with a Physical Science or Engineering background that allows you to customise your learning path and to tailor what you learn to your own specific needs and career aspirations. It can prepare you with skills, including data analytics, either for further research in a PhD programme, or employment directly after graduation.

- Offers specialisation in Space Science, Nano Bio Science and Nano Technology
- This is a flexible programme where the students can design and control their training experience
- The modules are delivered by research active international staff with worldwide reputation

Internship Opportunities*
There are opportunities to apply for an internship in an academic or industry workplace. The internship comprises a research project, the theme of which is chosen by the student in agreement with the supervisor and MSc Course Director. The project may include experimental research, modelling/simulations research, and/or other research appropriate to the MSc programme theme.

*Placements are secured through a competitive process and are not guaranteed.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Electrodynamics & Gauge Theory ACM40010
Differential Geometry and Topology in Physics ACM40090
High Performance Computing (ICHEC) ACM40640
Gen Relativity & Black Holes ACM40750
Machine Learning (Blended Delivery) COMP47460
Advanced Machine Learning COMP47590
Communicating for Impact IA40120
Creative Thinking & Innovation IA40310
Creative Thinking & Innovation IA40430
Classical Mechanics and Relativity PHYC30020
Quantum Mechanics PHYC30030
Stellar Astrophysics & Astronomical Techniques PHYC30100
Applied Quantum Mechanics PHYC40020
High Energy Particle Physics PHYC40080
General Relativity & Cosmology PHYC40120
Quantum Theory of Condensed Matter PHYC40200
Applied Optics PHYC40210
Theoretical Astrophysics PHYC40360
Nanomechanics - from single molecules to single cells PHYC40430
Computational Biophysics and Nanoscale Simulations PHYC40470
Advanced Statistical Physics PHYC40650
Quantum Field Theory PHYC40800
Physics Research Project 30 PHYC40840
Physics Research Project 45 PHYC40850
Physics Research Project 60 PHYC40860
Ultrafast Soft X-ray Photonics PHYC40930
Bio-inspired technologies PHYC40940
Research Integrity Online SCI50020
Multivariate Analysis STAT40150

Entry requirements

Entrance to the programme requires a degree or equivalent in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science or a related discipline. An upper second class honours, or the international equivalent is required.

In special circumstances, students with a strong physics background and lower second class honours degree may be accepted.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc Physics (Negotiated Learning) FT (F012)
1 Years
Full Time

MSc Physics (Negotiated Learning) PT (F013)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




1 year full-time, 2 years part-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.


MSc Physics (F012) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8750
nonEU fee per year - € 25600

MSc Physics (F013) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4380
nonEU fee per year - € 12800

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
This relatively new programme offers the possibility for graduates to go on to PhD programmes. The MSc will prepare you for employment in the semiconductor industry as a process engineer, the financial sector as a modelling and data expert, or as an engineer in the space sector. Prospective employers include Intel Ireland, Airbus, Analog Devices, Met Éireann, and companies in the Irish Financial Services Centre.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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