Physics - Applied Physics

Key programme benefits to future students
Measurements and characterizations are key to sustaining progresses in physics, and in applying physics to the development of products and new applications. The students in the programme are taught the fundamental principles and demonstrated a comprehensive series of characterization instruments relevant to materials.

Data processing and creation of data summary and figures are important in both research and industry fields. Large datasets are today readily obtained but the drawing of useful conclusions from these requires practical knowledge in computer-based analysis, including AI-based, and presentation.

The students develop, execute and report on a research project within either one of the research groups in the department and in the Bernal Institute, or with an industrial partner. Continuous assessment of the project ensures personal initiatives and ownership of the project, proper coverage of literature, development of excellent skills in data conservation, research ethics, project design, data analysis and reporting, as well as presentation.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Research Project 1
• Experimental Design and Research Methodology
• Condensed Matter Physics 1 & 2
• Nanoscience & Technology 1 & 2
• Semiconductor Processing 1 & 2
• Advanced Analysis of Materials 1 & 2

Optional Modules
Scientific Communication and Literature Review | Physics of Medical Instrumentation | Advanced Computational Methods in Physics | Advanced Energy Conversion and Storage | Digital Control | Noise | Research Project 3

Spring Modules
• Physics of Advanced Metrology
• Computational Methods in Physics
• Earth and Atmospheric Science
• Predictive Biomolecular Modelling Tools
• Physics of Materials
• Research Project 2

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Hons Degree (Level 8 - QQI) in an appropriate Scientific or Engineering discipline (e.g., Physics, Chemistry, Materials, Nanotechnology, etc.). Applications from other graduates who have a sufficient mathematical element in their primary degree in addition to other relevant technical background are considered as well. The programme is also successful with graduates from BSc of Science with concurrent Teacher Education programmes.

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, on-campus.

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Graduate careers
Career opportunities exist throughout the high technology sector of industry, including microelectronics, instrumentation, medical technology, and information technology, employers include Analog Devices, Intel Corporation, Harris, IBM, Nortel and Boston Scientific.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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