UCC Undergraduate courses

Industrial Physics

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Industrial Physics

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H4, 4 x O6/H7. H4 in Lab Science and H4 in Maths or Applied Maths. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2022: 445

Course Outline

Our Industrial Physics honours degree is a unique programme offered jointly by the Department of Physics at University College Cork (UCC) and the Physical Sciences Department at Munster Technological University (MTU). The programme combines fundamental physics with hands-on industrial training, targeting careers in some of the most exciting and innovative industries in Ireland and abroad.

This BSc degree is ideal for students who wish to gain deep insight into the physics of modern technologies, and who enjoy applying this knowledge to problem-solving in real-world environments. Industrial physicists are, at heart, problem solvers and this ability to problem-solve, devising and using unconventional techniques in a wide range of industrial settings, ensures their employability.

There is strong employer demand for our qualified graduates – both abroad and in Ireland where advanced, high-precision manufacturing is the core of Ireland’s industrial output. This ever-expanding field offers career paths for graduates who wish to use their skills in technical settings or who wish to follow the corporate management path.

The focus of the first two years is mainly on fundamental physics, taught at the UCC campus, while years three and four emphasise industrial control technology and system interfacing using the specialised teaching laboratory facilities at the MTU Physical Sciences Department. You will also benefit from a 10-week placement in Year 3, either directly in the industry or in a university or research centre laboratory, performing industrially related research and development.

In Year 1 you take core modules to the value of 55 credits and one 5-credit elective module.


Year 1 core modules:

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

Year 1 elective modules:

  • CS1061  Programming in C (5 credits) (UCC)
  • CS1065  Computer Applications with Visual Basic (5 credits) (UCC)
  • CS1068  Introductory Programming in Python (credits) (UCC)

Please see the College Calendar (BSc Industrial Physics) for more detailed information on the 4-year programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.


Course Practicalities

Lectures/practical work

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 with a 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 UCC and MTU jointly present this course. In the first two years, the majority of modules are delivered by UCC.  In Years 3 and 4 the majority of modules are delivered by MTU. Please see the College Calendar (BSc Industrial Physics) for a detailed breakdown of modules and their delivery route. 

Why Choose This Course

  • Joint degree blending particular strengths of two institutions
  • Long established extended placement scheme with potential employers
  • High employer demand for graduates

This joint program offers students a unique training and educational experience based at two internationally regarded institutes. You will graduate with a strong grounding in fundamental physics concepts together with industrially-focussed training and expertise in areas such as instrumentation and automation. 

The physics department in UCC has a very active research programme and offers exciting opportunities for further postgraduate research leading to MSc or PhD in a range of topics including astrophysics, optics, atomic physics, quantum optics, and photonics. The departmental research groups are located in the physics department and in Tyndall National Institute – UCC’s largest research institute. 

Connected Curriculum

Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between topics such as physics, chemistry, technology, and society.

Available Scholarships

We support our postgraduate community by offering scholarships and bursaries to prospective and current students. Please see the SEFS Scholarships and Funding PG page for more information. 

Placement or Study Abroad Information

All our BSc Industrial Physics students are offered a 10-week placement in Year 3 (Module PY3114). The placements are most frequently in Ireland and have often led to offers of employment, though they may also be carried out at international sites.

Skills and Careers Information

Industrial physicists work in a range of advanced manufacturing sectors, where fundamental concepts in science are applied to manufacture high-value products with precision, and an advanced level of process control and automation.

Sectors that employ our graduates include pharmaceuticals, energy, IT hardware manufacturing, food and beverage, water management and aerospace/space. There is significant regional and national demand for these graduates, particularly in the biopharmaceutical sector.


Leaving Certificate entry requirements

At least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H4 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish

The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry and Agricultural Science.

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

EnglishIrishMathsLab Science
O6/H7 O6/H7 H4* H4


*H4 can be in Maths or Applied Maths. If the H4 is in Applied Maths, a H6 in Mathematics is also required.

Mature requirements

Find out about the mature entry requirements here.

FETAC requirements

FETAC requirements can be found here.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2022/23 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €138.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

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 www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

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.

EU Applicants

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the Central Applications Office page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over)

See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants

See the CAO QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information.

All Applicants

Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact