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Physics with Energy and Environment / Fisic le Fuinneamh agus Comhshaol

DT221

What is... Physics with Energy & Environment?

Increasingly, many aspects of our economy and of our lifestyles depend on our ability to manage our energy needs and our environment appropriately. Many challenges exist including energy production, management and distribution, sustainability, environmental monitoring and measurement and the technologies associated with all these sectors. Physics plays a crucial role in all of these areas. Physicists develop new innovative technologies for these and areas such as renewable energy, atmospheric monitoring, the green economy and many more. The importance of the energy and the environmental sectors and the roles of physics graduates within these are internationally recognised.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates will find employment in a diverse range of areas including energy production, management and distribution, also in developing sustainable solutions to energy and environmental challenges, in the development of technologies for renewable energy production and energy storage and in environmental monitoring both within structures and in the open. Graduates will contribute to the continued development of the Green Economy across all of these sectors and be key to the development of new and emerging technologies .

What other options do I have after completion?

Suitably qualified graduates of this programme are eligible to progress to taught and research masters and doctoral programmes in DIT and in other higher education institutions in Ireland and abroad.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

If you are interested in the applications of physics to the key areas of Energy and Environment and are interested in pursuing an engaging career in these areas, you will need an aptitude for science and a keen interest in physics.

The first year of this programme provides a strong foundation across all of the relevant science subjects and in mathematics. This prepares students for the applied nature of the physics modules which are developed through to the final year and for the specialist Energy and Environment modules studied. In second year, the relevant core modules in physics, mathematics and computing are taught together with some specialised material in the Energy and Environmental areas. These areas are further developed in stages three and four. All students participate in an industrial work placement of approximately 6 months in stage 3.

Additionally, there is a strong emphasis throughout the programme on problem solving skills, professional skills, computing and ICT skills. Problem Based Learning is used in stages 1 and 2 and this allows students to become good problem solvers and to develop a range of key skills much sought after by industry and in research settings. There is a significant emphasis on laboratory practice and skills. These aspects of the programme, together with work placement and modules that emphasise the practical nature of the programme prepare graduates for employment in the relevant sectors or for graduate study either here in Ireland or abroad.

Module Listing

Year One

Physics:

  • Problem Based Learning
  • Physics of Motion & Waves
  • Physics of Heat
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Modern & Nuclear Physics
  • Properties of Materials
  • Astronomy, Energy & Environmental Physics

Chemistry:

  • General & Organic
  • Inorganic & Physical
  • Classical Techniques
  • Mathematics Computational Studies Science
  • Technology & Society

Year Two

Physics:

  • Problem Based Learning & Lectures
  • Optics & Electromagnetism
  • Mechanics
  • Relativity
  • Heat & Thermodynamics,
  • Electronics & Semiconductors
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter & Nuclear Physics
  • Vibrations & Waves
  • Renewable Energy
  • Technology for Sustainability
  • Environmental Physics
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Mathematics IT & Computing Entrepreneurial Studies for Scientists

Year Three

  • Optics, Electromagnetism & Lasers
  • Condensed Matter
  • Electronics
  • Ionising and Non Ionising Radiation
  • Quantum Physics
  • Alternative Energy Systems
  • Industrial Work Placement

Year Four

  • Thermal Physics
  • Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Quantum Physics of Solids
  • Nuclear & Particle Physics & Astrophysics
  • Electromagnetism & Statistical Physics
  • Advanced Topics in Energy & Environmental Physics
  • Energy Policy & Economics
  • Environmental Measurement
  • Invention

Are there study abroad options?

Some opportunities of securing experience abroad are possible during the work placement period of stage three.

Further Information

School of Physics

T: 01 402 4953 Dr John Doran

E: john.doran@dit.ie

W: www.physics.dit.ie