Industrial Physics BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK409

Course Title: Industrial Physics

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Industrial Physics

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects from Irish, English, Maths, one laboratory science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Special Entry Requirements: H4 in Maths and H4 in a lab science subject.

Entry Points: 2017: 445


Industrial physicists are problem solvers, able to solve problems quickly and in a wide range of industrial settings, devising and using unconventional techniques. Advanced, high-precision manufacturing is the core of Ireland’s industrial output.  

This joint UCC/CIT degree combines fundamental physics with hands-on industrial training, targeting careers in some of the most exciting and innovative industries in Ireland and abroad.

This degree is ideal for students who wish to gain deep insight into the physics of modern technologies, and who enjoy applying this knowledge in problem solving in real-world environments. With strong employer demand for qualified graduates, this ever-expanding field offers career paths for graduates who wish to use their skills in technical settings and equally those seeking a corporate management path.

A joint degree between University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology, the first two years of the course focus mainly on fundamental physics, and the second two years place emphasis on industrial control technology.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules

CORE: PY1052 Introduction to Modern Physics 1 (10 credits); PY1053 Introduction to Modern Physics 2 (10 credits); MA1011 Mathematical Methods 1 (5 credits); MA1012 Mathematical Methods 2 (5 credits); CM1006 Chemistry for Physicists and Mathematicians (10 credits); PY1055 Introduction to Environmental Science (5 credits); PY1056 Instrument Measurement (5 credits); PY1057 Industrial Automation (5 credits)

ELECTIVES: CS1061 Programming in C (5 credits); CS1065 Computer Applications with Visual Basic (5 credits); CS1068 Programming in Python (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules

Introduction to Quantum Physics; Electrostatics and Magnetostatics; Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics; Introduction to Computational Physics; Experimental Physic; Experimental Methods; Engineering Mechanics with Transform Methods; Mathematics for Engineering; Multivariate Calculus; Introduction to Process Control; Water Quality Instrumentation; Industrial Automation and SCADA

Year 3 Modules

Optics; Intermediate Experimental Methods; Electromagnetism; Digital Systems and Interfacing; Industrial Communications and Networks; Process Control Systems; Quality Systems; Programming for Measurement; Air Quality and Gas Analysis Instrumentation; Supervised work placement project

Year 4 Modules

Introduction to Lasers and Photonics; Physics of Electronic Devices; Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics; Advanced Signal Processing; Advanced Industrial Automation; Advanced Programming for Measurement; Process Analytical Technology; Advanced Process Control; Air Quality; Major research project; Experimental Physics

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements: H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements: H4 in a laboratory science subject and a H4 in Mathematics.

Students presenting with a 2016 (or previous) Leaving Certificate must present with a HC2 in a Laboratory Science subject and a HC2 in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly to the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview.  Higher Level Maths or a high level of Ordinary Maths in the Leaving Certificate is strongly advised as this is a mathematically challenging course.  Applied Maths and Physics in the Leaving Certificate are highly beneficial.  Approximately five places are available on this course for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

Application Procedure

EU applicants: Application to the first year of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants.

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

Lectures and practical sessions take place from 9.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday. Usually students spend 18-20 hours/week in the classroom and similar time commitment in the laboratory.


Modules are assessed by a mix of continuous assessment and written examinations.

Who Teaches This Course

Lecturers from the Department of Physics in CIT and UCC.

Further Contact Information

Dr. Bryan Kelleher

T: +353 (0)21 490 4869


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