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Applied Physics and Instrumentation


As the science which deals with fundamental physical concepts such as energy, force and time, physics is at the heart of everything in the natural world such as gravity, heat and light.

Applied Physics is the term used when we apply these concepts and thus applied physics is at the heart of everything in the manmade world.

Instrumentation is the specific technology that allows us to measure and control a wide range of physical and other quantities that are essential to life today. This three year course brings the applications of physics and the technology of instrumentation together in order to provide specialists for many sectors of Irish industry and society.

Course Structure

The aim of this course is to prepare graduates for a range of technical positions within the multi-disciplinary field of Applied Physics and Instrumentation. Whilst there is particular emphasis on employment within process industries, such as chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, beverage and water, graduates are well equipped for employment in other sectors such as computers, medical devices and microelectronics, as well as in hospitals and in research and development.

Graduates will acquire comprehensive knowledge of process control, quality and safety systems in the context of the operations of process industries and the nature of their products. They will also be able to diagnose problems and implement solutions for a wide range of instrumentation systems used to measure and control technical processes.

Work Placement: In Year 3, for a minimum of 8 weeks, students are placed in an applied physics and/or instrumentation role within an industry, organisation or research group. It may be possible for the placement to be in an international location.



This Degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised Degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience. The Institute of Physics provides routes for suitably qualified and experienced Members to become Chartered Physicists and Chartered Engineers. Further details can be found on the Institute of Physics website (


Career Opportunities

Graduates typically work as Instrument Engineers, Automation Engineers or Control Engineers within chemical,
pharmaceutical, biotechnology, oil/gas, food, beverage and water treatment companies that use instrumentation to improve productivity, safety, reliability, quality, etc.


Significant employment opportunities exist for graduates in the many companies that design, manufacture and supply instrumentation to the above industries as well as with the engineering consultancies and systems integrators who provide such industries with turn-key solutions to their manufacturing challenges.

For more course details on BSc Applied Physics & Instrumentation go to course/CR001

For more course details on BSc (Honours) Applied Physics & Instrumentation go to course/CRSPHYS8