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: €3,130 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

    2020: 432

  • CAO Points Range

    2020: 432-566

Course Outline

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 University College Cork (UCC) / Cork Institute of Technology (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 to 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.

The first two years of the course focus mainly on fundamental physics, and the third and fourth years place emphasis on industrial control technology.

First year modules:

All modules 5 credits unless otherwise stated.


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

Plus 5 credits from the following:

  • CS1061 Programming in C 
  • CS1065 Computer Applications with Visual Basic
  • CS1068 Introductory Programming in Python

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.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

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 UCC and CIT.

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.


Placement or Study Abroad Information

All BSc Industrial Physics students are offered a 10-week placement, either directly in industry or in a university or research centre laboratory, performing industrially-related research and development. 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

A degree in Industrial Physics can lead to rewarding roles in many sectors such as Pharmaceutical and Bio-pharmaceuticals; medical devices; food/drinks manufacturing and consultancy.


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:




Lab Science





*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 for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

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 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

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.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these 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