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4 Years (8 Semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
- score the necessary CAO points and
- meet the minimum 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 UCC International Education website.
As a major Level 8 award, the degree in Industrial Physics qualifies the graduate for entry to many Masters and Doctorate programmes in Applied Physics and Engineering, as well as conversion courses into other numerate disciplines such as actuarial studies. There are additionally Industrial PhD programmes that cater to graduates wishing to carry out their doctorate while remaining with their employer, which would be highly suitable.
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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.
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.
What topics are studied in this programme?
- Classical physics, quantum mechanics, special relativity, thermodynamics, electro- and magneto-statics, electromagnetism, computational physics, optics, experimental methods, condensed matter physics, lasers and photonics.
- Chemistry fundamentals.
- Textual programming language, VB, ladder logic programming, SCADA.
- Signal processing, Process Analytical Technology, process control.
- Air quality monitoring, Gas Analysis Instrumentation, Water Quality Instrumentation.
Why study Industrial Physics?
- The course provides an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of physics but also the tools to apply these immediately upon graduation
- Work at heart of Ireland’s large and growing advanced manufacturing sector
- Joint degree blending particular strengths of two institutions
- Long established extended placement scheme with potential employers
- High employer demand for graduates
What is the time divide between CIT and UCC?
Overall, the course is split 50/50 between UCC and CIT.
In years 1 & 2, 75% of the modules are in UCC, 25% in CIT.
In years 3 & 4, this is reversed with 75% of the modules in CIT, 25% in UCC.
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
A degree in Industrial Physics can lead to rewarding roles in many sectors such as:
- Biopharmaceutical engineering
- Advanced scientific instrumentation
- Advanced manufacturing
- Oil & gas/renewable energy
Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)
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.
Non-EU Applicants: See https://www.ucc.ie/en/international
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.
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