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GradCert Physics
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)
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

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

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 more significant graduate taught and research programmes in Physics. Our learning environment emphasises laboratory work and combines knowledge acquisition with problem-solving work, including data analysis and programming. On successful completion, students will have acquired knowledge of a significant amount of the core of physics and skills in the deployment of that knowledge (the core of physics is defined by the IOP accreditation process). Students on the programme will be assessed using a variety of methods, including problem-sets and examinations. Our students will be imbued with professional values including scientific integrity and ethical behaviour, and the ability to effectively communicate complex information.

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

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

Critically assess data and simulations.

Draw on a suite of transferrable skills including critical thinking, problem solving, scientific writing and communication skills.

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.


1 Year Part Time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Career opportunities, both in Ireland and internationally, include the following areas: space science, life and physical sciences and general support technology.

The Grad Cert 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: Nicolae Buchete
Contact Number: +353(0) 1 716 2088

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Cert Physics (Negotiated Learning) PT (F092)
1 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

GradCert Physics (F092) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 2825
nonEU fee per year - € 8265

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!