Physics is the core degree in the School of Physics. All Trinity Physics degree courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics, which is the professional body for physicists in Ireland and the UK. Holders of accredited degrees can follow a route to Institute of Physics Membership and the 'Chartered Physicist' (CPhys). professional qualification.
What is Physics?
Physics explores our universe in all its diversity – from particles to planets, from crystals to chaos, from quanta to quasars and from superconductors to supernova. Its applications are to be found in modern communications, lasers, computing, and many other technologies of vital importance. A Physics degree covers a broad syllabus which includes hands-on practical work while allowing you develop flexible skills in theory, instrumentation and data analysis.
The course covers core subjects, including mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, modern optics and condensed matter physics. Specialised topics such as nanoscience, high energy physics, astrophysics and superconductivity are also part of the curriculum. In the final year students gain real-life experience in a research laboratory while completing a three-month research project in Trinity or abroad.
You can find out more about the course structure by visiting the course and module page.
Is it for me?
Yes, if you like experiments and working in the lab! Yes, if you enjoy physics, technology and maths and working things out for yourself and solving problems!
How do I apply?
Apply for TR071 Science and choose Physics (20 credits), Maths (20 credits) and 20 credits in other science subject(s) in 1st year and 2nd year. Choose Physics in 3rd and 4th year.
Entry requirements and other information can be found in the TCD Prospectus.