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MSc Physics
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This programme offers graduates an opportunity to tailor the MSc curriculum to a targeted area of expertise in physics.

- 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.

Vision and Values Statement
Physics is a model of the world. We educate our students to become critical thinkers, bringing a structured, questioning approach to problems. Our students, who will be graduates in Physics or related disciplines will progress along a clear route towards their career goals and/or further research programmes in Physics. Our learning environment emphasises research laboratory work and combines knowledge acquisition with problem-solving work, including data analysis and programming. Typically their MSc will cover a subset of the material described in the core of physics (the core of physics is defined by the IOP accreditation process).

Our students will be imbued with professional values including scientific integrity and ethical behaviour, and the ability to effectively communicate complex information. Students on the programme will be assessed using a variety of methods, including problem-sets, examinations, reports and oral presentations.

On successful completion, students will have acquired knowledge in a specific area of Physics, to a level that will enable them to participate in research activity at the level required to conduct a PhD and qualified to work in appropriate sectors at a MSc level.

Programme Outcomes
Describe the state-of-the art knowledge in the field.

Apply knowledge gained and skills developed to a specific project in the field.

Work independently to plan and execute research into topics of relevance to their chosen field of Physics

Draw on a suite of transferable skills including critical thinking, problem solving, scientific report writing, communication skills, team-work, independent work, professional networking, project management. Presenting findings both orally and in written form, to thesis level.

Critically assess data and simulations in order to answer questions and direct further research.

Students should also have developed their ethical behaviour including critical thinking, understanding of arguments and consequences, and scientific integrity

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


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

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Career opportunities, both in Ireland and internationally, include the following areas: launchers, earth observation, satellite navigation, space transportation, satellite communications, space science experiments, life and physical sciences and general support technology.

The MSc can also be used as a stepping-stone to PhD research in physics or engineering. Prospective employers include agencies such as ESA and NASA, as well as Irish and international industry.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Padraig Dunne
Contact Number: +353(0) 1 716 2088


Student Internships
Industry work placements may be possible.
Students are supported in organising a placement with an academic research group. Where they choose to organise an internship with an industrial partner, they may be supported in this.

Facilities and Resources
Data and expertise from telescope missions Hubble and XMM are available. Training in satellite equipment, e.g. CubeSat and CanSat, allows students the opportunity to launch their own experiment on a high altitude balloon. Mission Design internationalises the student experience through collaboration with students from two other universities, in the design of a gamma-ray experiment modelled on ESA's concurrent design facility.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Physics (Negotiated Learning) FT (F012)
1 Year Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

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

Course fee

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 and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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