Physics - Applied Physics

The objective of the MSc Applied Physics programme is to meet the needs of graduates who wish to augment their skills with an understanding of applied physics and knowledge of the physical principles underlying material properties, and the operation of processes and equipment, for the high technology sector. The UL Physics Department is working with companies such as Analog Devices, COOK Medical, Intel Corporation, Seagate and BorgWarner. This engagement advances science, develops new products and processes, and also creates employment opportunities for our graduates.

The MSc Applied Physics is a calendar year programme intended for graduates of science, particularly those with backgrounds in general physics, astrophysics, and physics education. The programme is also suitable for graduates of engineering, subject to experience.

Key Facts
The Applied Physics degree provides flexibility and freedom in choosing a Key Fact career throughout the high technology sector.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
• Research Project 1

Students to choose 4 modules from electives below
• Condensed Matter Physics 1
• Nanoscience & Technology 1
• Semiconductor Processing 1
• Physics of Advanced Metrology
• Physics of Materials
• Methodology of Research in Physical Science

Semester 2
• Research Project 2

Students to choose 4 modules from the electives below
• Condensed Matter Physics 2
• Nanoscience & Technology 2
• Semiconductor Processing 2
• Physics of Medical Instrumentation
• Reporting Results in Physical Science
• Surface Technology

Semester 3
• Research Project 3

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Hons Degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in an appropriate Science/Engineering/Technology discipline. Applications from other graduates who have a significant mathematical element in their primary degree in addition to other relevant technical background will also be considered.

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

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.


1 Year full time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

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)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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