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Physical Sciences

B.A. (Moderatorship) ; NFQ: Level 8 ; 52 places ; CAO points: 509 (2018) ; CAO code: TR063

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  • Physical Sciences 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • The separate entry Theoretical Physics (TR035) degree shares this physics problem-solving approach and places an even greater emphasis on the underlying mathematical complexity of the universe.

    Entry into TR063 Physical Sciences will give you the opportunity to choose between degrees specialising in Physics, Physics and Astrophysics or Nanoscience.

    Alternatively the separate entry into TR035 Theoretical Physics would instead see you progress to a Theoretical Physics degree.

    Students who specialise in Physics or Astrophysics or Nanoscience in the third and fourth years enter the Physical Sciences stream (TR063) in first year. Students who wish to specialise in Nanoscience can also enter the Chemical Sciences stream (TR061).

    See also:

    ScienceTR060 - Biological and Biomedical SciencesTR061 - Chemical SciencesTR062 - Geography and Geoscience

    Did you ever wonder why your smart phone battery needs to be recharged? Or why planets and stars don’t crash into each other? From particles to planets, from crystals to chaos, from quanta to quasars and from superconductors to supernovae, physics can explain and answer many of our questions and curiosities.

    Physical Sciences (TR063) at Trinity is a four year degree programme for students who like to solve problems. Whether it is studying galaxies, examining the potential of new lasers or investigating next generation nanomaterials, these Physics degrees will prepare you for a lifelong career of solving problems in research, industry or business.

    Why Physics @ Trinity?

    In the School of Physics we are at the forefront of cutting-edge research and are contributing to ground- breaking advances relevant to society today. Our interdisciplinary approach to research requires collaborations in Ireland and globally - an approach that influences our teaching and our students. In your fourth year of this programme, you will develop specialist research knowledge by carrying out a Capstone research project in our state-of-the-art facilities or with one of our collaborators in Ireland or abroad (e.g. US, UK, France, Germany, China and Australia).

    As well as practical knowledge of the subject, our programme is designed to help you to develop many other transferable skills valued by both employers and the wider community. These range from critical thinking and problem-solving skills to understanding complex mathematical/physical behaviour and being able to communicate this knowledge. Every year, graduates from all our degree courses drawn from a range of sectors of industry, business and society are invited back to share their experiences with our current students. Our student societies host a career fair for students so you can meet employers and some of our alumni contribute to the Gradlink Mentoring programme.

    Our physics degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics, the professional body for physicists in Ireland and the UK. This opens up a pathway to become a ‘Chartered Physicist’ (CPhys). Since 2017, Trinity is also a member of LERU, a League of European Research Universities in recognition of our outstanding education, research and innovation; something that you will experience first-hand in our physics programmes.

    Structure of Physical Sciences (TR063) programme

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    In first and second year you will study foundation topics in physics including classical and quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, special relativity, and thermodynamics through our lectures, tutorials and computational and experimental laboratory classes. This will be hand-in-hand with the study of Mathematics and your choice of approved modules from other science subjects. These strong foundations in physics and mathematics will allow study of more advanced topics in the physics, astrophysics and nanoscience degree programmes in later years.

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    In third and fourth year all students take central topics inclusive of quantum mechanics, statistical physics and condensed matter physics but a student must opt to specialise in either:

    Physics: Advanced topics include magnetism, semiconductor devices, materials and electronic structure, superconductivity, nanoscience, modern and non-linear optics, nuclear physics and structure, high energy physics and optional topics (energy science, thin films, polymers, ultramicroscopy of nanostructures, and theoretical methods).

    Physics and Astrophysics: Specialised astrophysics topics include stellar and galactic structures, planetary and space science and cosmology together with nuclear physics and structure, and high energy physics.

    Nanoscience: Advanced topics include nanoscience, condensed matter physics, specialist courses in thin films, polymers, ultramicroscopy of nanostructures, solid state chemistry, electrochemistry, photochemistry, all emphasising nanomaterials.

    All three degrees have tailored practical courses developing appropriate laboratory, experimental, computational and analysis skills as well as participation in research-level final-year Capstone projects carried out in a research laboratory in Trinity or in another university, research institute or astrophysical observatory (e.g. US, UK, France, Germany, China and Australia).

    Course Options

    The separate entry Theoretical Physics (TR035) degree shares this physics problem-solving approach and places an even greater emphasis on the underlying mathematical complexity of the universe.

    Entry into TR063 Physical Sciences will give you the opportunity to choose between degrees specialising in Physics, Physics and Astrophysics or Nanoscience.

    Alternatively the separate entry into TR035 Theoretical Physics would instead see you progress to a Theoretical Physics degree.

    Students who specialise in Physics or Astrophysics or Nanoscience in the third and fourth years enter the Physical Sciences stream (TR063) in first year. Students who wish to specialise in Nanoscience can also enter the Chemical Sciences stream (TR061).

    See also:

    ScienceTR060 - Biological and Biomedical SciencesTR061 - Chemical SciencesTR062 - Geography and Geoscience

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A. (Moderatorship)

    Duration

    NFQ: Level 8

    CAO Points Required

    509 (2018)

    Number of Places

    52

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR063

    Minimum entry points required are 509 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Leaving Certificate H6 or O4 Mathematics

    H4 In two of: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics/Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Applied Mathematics or Agricultural Science

    Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade B Mathematics

    Grade C In two of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Geology, Geography or Further Mathematics

    Combinations of subjects not permitted: Physics/Chemistry with Physics or Chemistry

    Agricultural Science with Biology

    Applied Mathematics with Mathematics

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Physical Sciences 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019