Experimental Physics - Research

Research degrees in Experimental Physics typically include a mixture of course modules and original research work, which may involve laboratory investigations and computational studies.

Entry requirements

First-class or upper second-class (2.1) honours undergraduate degree in physics, or equivalent. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact members of staff to discuss their research project.


PhD MHL02 4 years Full-time
MSc MHL04 2 years Full-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
PAC Admission Coordinator:
Dr Michael F Cawley
Tel: +353 1 708 3641
Fax: +353 1 708 3313
Web: experimental-physics


Maynooth has a long tradition of excellence in Experimental Physics and one of the most modern and best equipped physics departments in Ireland. The inventor of the induction coil, Nicholas Callan, was Professor of Experimental Physics from 1826 to 1864. The department is heavily committed to both teaching and research and has played a key role in two European Space Agency satellite missions – the Herschel Space Observatory and the Planck Surveyor.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research Interests
Research specialisms include terahertz space optics, cosmic microwave background astronomy, cluster physics, upper atmospheric physics, submillimetre astronomy, experimental fluid dynamics.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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