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This degree course is shortly to celebrate 25 years of existence, an existence which has been marked by rapid developments in the science of materials and in nanoscience and the rise of the importance of these for the Irish economy and the Irish research landscape and an existence marked by a changing name for the course.

By 2014 over 200 graduates will have emerged with degrees in either the Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials (2000-2014) or in the Science of Materials (1988-1999) which predated it. All of our past graduates are more than welcome to connect with the current Course Director and to join the Alumni group that has been created on LinkedIn to allow greater contact with or between our graduates.

From the Science of Materials to Nanoscience...

The Science of Materials degree option within the Science degree programme was initiated under the direction of Prof. Brian Henderson of the School of Physics and Prof. D. R. "Bob" Lloyd of the School of Chemistry in 1987. The degree ran as a Science of Materials option until 1999, when it was launched as a direct entry course separate from the Science entry called the Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials (PCAM). Students continue to graduate under this name until 2014. This course was then relaunched in 2010 as the Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials (NPCAM) with first entry in 2011, and first cohort of students graduating in 2015. Over the years a greater emphasis on nanoscience has naturally occured as the course has evolved and nanoscience is already embedded in the final year courses. For the first NPCAM graduates this will be truly the case. A brief overview of the history of the course is listed on a separate page. A summary of some of the positions that past graduates have achieved is also listed separately in the careers section.

Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials

Graduates from Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials direct entry and sophister option from 2000-2014

Apologies as some photos are still missing - we hope to find these soon!

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
2002 2001 2000

Science of Materials

Graduates from Science of Materials from 1988-1999

Apologies as some photos are still missing - we hope to find these soon!


1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994
1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988

Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials

The first entrants to the Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials degree programme will graduate in 2015. Prior to the launch of the Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials degree there was already a direct entry degree programme in Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials. This direct entry degree programme superseded the Science of Materials degree which was a Sophister option within the Science degree programme.


Last updated 25 September 2013 NPCAM@tcd.ie.