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Physical Sciences

NFQ: Level 8

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In the Physical Sciences stream you will study foundation topics in physics including: classical and quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, relativity, statistical physics and thermodynamics as well as applied physics topics including: atomic, nuclear and particle physics, modern optics, condensed matter physics and semiconductor physics. Students who choose to specialise in Physics and Astrophysics will also study stellar and galactic structures, planetary and space science, the interstellar medium and cosmology. Students who choose to specialise in Nanoscience will also study thin films and polymers, spectroscopy of nanostructures, and further options in solid state chemistry and condensed matter physics.


In addition, students in the Physical Sciences stream will learn how to use computers for numerical modelling via the Python programming language and how to use a range of physical instruments for making measurements in the laboratory. Students in the 3rd year take a course in Communication Skills which helps them to hone their oral and written presentation skills and shows them how to prepare a curriculum vitae. Third year students have the opportunity to meet graduates of the School of Physics through the ‘Wild Geese’ programme where they receive guidance on building their careers.


Students in the fourth year undertake a nine week full time project, which is carried out in a research laboratory in Trinity or in a research laboratory in another university or research institute. Students commonly travel to the US, UK, France, Germany and Australia for their final year projects. Students specialising in Physics and Astrophysics may travel to a telescope observatory.


The Trinity Physical Science degrees are recognised by the Institute of Physics, which is the professional body for physicists in Ireland and the UK, as qualifications for the professional title ‘Chartered Physicist’ (CPhys). Our graduates are always in high demand in Ireland and abroad in modern high-technology industries, as well as in teaching. You may also find a career in academic institutions, government and industrial research organisations and production facilities or in the meteorological service. There are diverse opportunities in electronics, telecommunications, biophysics, hospital and health physics, automation and computing. Your course will give you the opportunity to acquire problem solving skills which will be valued by your future employer. It could also give you useful primary training for a legal, managerial or actuarial career, where a technical background is attractive.


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NFQ: Level 8

Course Url

www.tcd.ie/physics

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CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

 

TR063

 

Number of Places

52

 

Science

TR060 - Biological and Biomedical Sciences

TR061 - Chemical Sciences

TR062 - Geography and Geoscience

 

Students who wish to study the Physical Sciences stream will specialise in one of the following subjects in the Sophister (3rd and 4th) years:

 

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

 


GCSE Grade B Mathematics Advanced GCE (A-Level) 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

 


Other EU examination systems See www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/

 


 

 


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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.

Physical Sciences, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 01/FEB/2018

Non-EU Applicants

  • Physical Sciences, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 30/JUN/2018
  • Options

     

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

     

    TR063

     

    Number of Places

    52

     

    Science

    TR060 - Biological and Biomedical Sciences

    TR061 - Chemical Sciences

    TR062 - Geography and Geoscience

     

    Students who wish to study the Physical Sciences stream will specialise in one of the following subjects in the Sophister (3rd and 4th) years: