Physics and Astrophysics (TR063)

Physics & Astrophysics is a very popular 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.

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What is Astrophysics?

Since the dawn of human civilisation humans have gazed in wonder at the night sky. Astrophysics – the exploration of our solar system and the universe beyond - is still a major part of human endeavour in science. Physics and Astrophysics at Trinity College will give you an introduction to this fascinating subject.

The Physics and Astrophysics course includes a good background in core Physics subjects as well as specialised Astrophysics courses in topics such as astronomical instrumentation, spectroscopy, the solar system, stellar evolution, supernovae, galaxies, interstellar matter, black holes and cosmology. In the third year laboratory there are experiments using optical and radio telescopes. In the final year students gain real-life experience in a research laboratory while completing a three-month research project in Trinity or abroad.

Course Structure

You can find out more about the course structure by visiting the course and module page.

Is it for me?

Yes, if you are interested in how the universe began and evolved. Yes, if you enjoy asking questions and working out the answer!

How do I apply?

Apply for TR063 Science and choose Physics (20 credits), Maths (20 credits) and 20 credits in other science subject(s) in 1st and 2nd year. Choose Physics and Astrophysics in 3rd and 4th year.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements and other information can be found in the TCD Prospectus.