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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.

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 generic/transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules) from the Structured PhD programme.

PhD
All students will be registered onto a Structured PhD 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.

PhD students must take a minimum of 30 credits in taught modules (15 in generic/transferable modules and 15 in subject/specialist modules) and not exceed 90 credits in taught modules over the duration of their Structured PhD programme.

Entry requirements

MSc
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:

• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

PhD
First-class or upper second-class (2.1) 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:

•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
•PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Duration

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

Careers or further progression

MSc
Research students at the Department of Experimental Physics gain expertise in specialized areas of experimental physics, computational physics or astrophysics during the course of their studies. This means that they are highly sought after by employers in a wide range of high-technology industries such as software engineering, micro-electronics, telecommunication engineering, scientific civil service, medical physics as well as those areas specifically requiring astrophysicists such as space science, satellite communications.

PhD
Research students at the Department of Experimental Physics gain expertise in specialized areas of experimental physics, computational physics or astrophysics during the course of their studies. This means that they are highly sought after by employers in a wide range of high-technology industries such as software engineering, micro-electronics, telecommunication engineering, scientific civil service, medical physics as well as those areas specifically requiring astrophysicists such as space science, satellite communications. A PhD degree is a prerequisite for careers in academia and industrial research.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
PAC Admission Coordinator:
Dr Michael F Cawley
Tel: +353 1 708 3641
Fax: +353 1 708 3313
Email: physics.department@nuim.ie
Web: www.maynoothuniversity.ie/ experimental-physics

Comment

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

Please see the departmental website for the current research interests of staff https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/experimental-physics/our-research

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Commences September (or other agreed time)

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