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.

Programme Content
The MSc involves course work which extends over two trimesters and a work project which is carried out on a part-time basis in trimester 1 and 2 and on a full time basis in the final summer trimester. A passing grade in the entire project element will be a requirement to graduate with a MSc award.

The aim of the MSc is to meet the needs of graduates who wish to augment their existing skills with an understanding of the methodology of physics and a knowledge of the physical principles underlying the operation of industrial processes and equipment.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Normally a 2.2 Hons Degree (QQI, Level 8) 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.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local

Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


1 Year full time MSAPPHTFAD

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Department: Physics
Course director:
Dr Fernando Rhen
Phone: 061-202290
Fax : 353-61-202423
Web :

Subjects taught

• PH6001 Research Project 1
Students to choose 4 modules from electives below
• PH5041 Condensed Matter Physics 1
• PH5094 Nanoscience & Technology 1
• PH5098 Semiconductor Processing 1
• PH5093 Physics of Advanced Metrology
• PH5091 Physics of Materials
• PH6041 Methodology of Research in Physical Science

• PH6002 Research Project 2
Students to choose 4 modules from the electives below
• PH5042 Condensed Matter Physics 2
• PH5095 Nanoscience & Technology 2
• PH5092 Semiconductor Processing 2
• PH6031 Physics of Medical Instrumentation
• PH6022 Reporting Results in Physical Science
• EE6452 Digital Control
• EE6642 Noise
• MT4518 Surface Technology

• PH5097 Research Project 3

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.


Intended for graduates of science and engineering pursing additional training in areas of physics relevant to both industry and research. Our MSc provides knowledge and an understanding of the physical principles underlying industrial processes, which make use of modern technology

Graduates of Applied Physics are sought after by the high technology industry. The Masters in Applied Physics is a one year programme which is intended for graduates of science and engineering, particularly general physics/astrophysics, who wish to acquire additional training in industrially relevant areas of physics.

Application date

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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