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Physics Technology / Teicneolaíocht na Fisice

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What is... Physics Technology?

If you are interested in why things happen in the physical world, then Physics Technology may be for you. It underpins most modern technologies and holds a key to improving all of our futures. Physicists design experiments to test or apply new ideas in order to better understand the physical world. For instance, it is the work of physicists which has led to key developments in areas such as optics, electronics, communications systems, information technology, computing, medical technologies, energy production and management, sustainable technologies and environmental technologies.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Physics graduates are employed in a diverse range of areas including environmental monitoring, medical physics, lasers and opto-electronics, equipment design, telecommunications, aerospace, research, project management, finance, education, technical writing, meterology, materials science, geophysics, radiation protection, solar physics and many more.

What other options do I have after completion?

Suitably qualified graduates will have access to a range of Masters Programmes in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education. Opportunities also exist for graduates to pursue Master’s and Doctorate studies by research.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

This programme is designed to educate and train professional scientists in the area of Physics Technology. The course is a four year, full time honours degree programme and aims to provide graduates with scientific and analytical skills in physics as well as a practical problem solving ability.

It is not necessary to have studied physics in order to do this degree, although you do need to have an interest in science and technology. All of the Physics in year 1 and much of it in year 2 is delivered using the exciting method of Problem Based Learning. This learning style allows students to develop additional skills much sought after by industry: problem solving, adaptability, teamwork, research skills, leadership and communication skills.

Physics Technology is an accredited programme of the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Module Listing

Year One

  • Physics
  • Physics of Motion
  • Waves; seeing them (optics) & hearing them (sound)
  • Heat & Thermal Physics
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Modern & Nuclear Physics
  • Properties of Materials
  • Applied Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • IT & Computing
  • Science Technology & Society

Year Two

  • Physics
  • Optics & Electromagnetism
  • Mechanics
  • Relativity
  • Heat & Thermodynamics
  • Electronics & Semiconductors
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter & Nuclear Physics
  • Vibrations & Waves Renewable Energy
  • Technology for Sustainability
  • Applied Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Energy & Environmental Physics
  • Mathematics
  • IT & Computing
  • Entrepreneurship for Scientists

Year Three

  • Optics
  • Electromagnetism & Lasers
  • Condensed Matter
  • Electronics
  • Ionising & Non Ionising Radiation
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Physics of Materials
  • Thermal Physics
  • Computation
  • Environmental & Remote Sensing
  • Vacuum Techniques for Nanotechnology
  • Project

Year Four

  • Electronics & Instrumentation
  • Lasers & Optical Communications
  • Radiation & Nuclear Physics
  • Particle Physics & Astrophysics
  • Electromagnetism & Statistical Physics
  • Quantum Physics of Solids
  • Computational Physics
  • Invention, innovation & Commercialisation Project

Optional Modules

  • Physics of Fluids & Acoustics
  • Applied Optical Spectroscopy & Advanced Optics
  • Physics of Materials
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Semiconductor & Molecular Nanostructures & Devices
  • Advanced Techniques for Computational Physics

Further Information

School of Physics

T: 01 402 4927

E: siobhan.daly@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/physics

What our Students say!

  • ....having fun learning
  • ....learning from each other
  • ....it is more effective and enables you to remember better
  • ....the real-life problems are more interesting and challenging