Physical Sciences (Common Entry) Level 8
Field of Study
Applied Physics and Instrumentation,Chemistry,Instrumentation,Physics
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For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
- score the necessary CAO points and
- meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
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Some students who apply to MTU Cork courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU Cork offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Cork Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Cork Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Any of the Science subjects are helpful (including Mathematics & Computer Science), Engineering, Technology, and Design & Communication Graphics.
The Bachelor of Science (Physical Sciences Common Entry) programme is designed for applicants who wish to enter Chemical or Physical Science in MTU Cork but are undecided about or wish to postpone selecting a designated Chemistry or Physics qualification until after they have had an opportunity to experience both disciplines.
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What is Physical Science?
Physical Sciences are Chemistry and Physics and our department delivers programmes focusing on the applied, industry-relevant aspects of these subjects. Science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge. This system uses observation and experimentation to describe and explain natural phenomena. Science is an excellent career choice for those interested in understanding how the chemicals, foods and other products that we encounter in everyday life are designed and produced. From cures for life threatening illnesses, to environmental protection, to the design of new foods and space science, careers in science are varied and interesting. The common entry mode to Physical Sciences offers students the opportunity to study a broad introduction to various science modules before deciding on their preferred stream in semester 2 of year 1.
About the Courses
Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus Cork
The Physical Sciences (Common Entry) courses are designed for applicants who wish to enter Chemical or Physical Science in CIT but are undecided about or wish to postpone selecting a designated Chemistry or Physics qualification until after they have had an opportunity to experience both disciplines.
Common Semester 1: The common Semester 1 programme includes modules in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Computing so that students will have completed an introduction to general science at the end of Semester 1.
At the end of Semester 1, students then select the chemistry or physics Level 8 course that they intend to join in Semester 2 of the first year, and will remain with that course in subsequent years.
The choice of course will be made from the following below options.
Courses for Progression
All students will be offered the place of their choice on one of the programmes above.
Applicants are advised to visit each of the course websites for detailed descriptions.
What are the advantages of taking the Physical Sciences (Common Entry) route?
Students have an opportunity to take introductory modules in both Chemistry and Physics (in addition to other areas of general science) before choosing the discipline they wish to follow.
Do I need to have studied at least one of the science subjects at Leaving Certificate to apply for these courses?
No – the fundamentals of the three Leaving Certificate science subjects are delivered in Semester 1.
What is the difference between choosing Physical Sciences (Common Entry) at Level 8 to Physical Sciences (Common Entry) at Level 7?
Students commencing on the Level 7 route will have completed their ordinary BSc Degree in 3 years, while those who choose the Level 8 route will take 4 years to complete their Honours BSc Degree, with significant additional material being delivered in the fourth year to achieve the higher level award.
MTU has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.
- Full details for this course: CLICK HERE
Semester 1 at a Glance
- Biology: study of fundamental building blocks of life
- Chemical Principles: study of general chemical interactions
- Physics: study of fundamental basis of energy, light and heat
- Laboratory Skills: understanding the basis for good laboratory practice in a chemistry laboratory
- Mathematics: fundamental mathematical concepts and skills required to understand and solve problems in the modern world
- Instrument Measurement introduces the principles of measurement using a range of instruments and includes the theory and principles of operation of instrumentation pertaining to process and other industries
Semester 2 modules are determined by the designated degree course selected following completion of Semester 1.
Science is an excellent career choice for those interested in understanding how the chemicals, foods and other products that we encounter in everyday life are designed and produced. From cures for life threatening illnesses, to environmental protection, the design of new foods and space science, careers in science are varied and interesting. Many of MTU Cork’s science graduates have gone on to work in both local and international firms, as well as starting and running their own businesses successfully.
MTU science graduates are highly sought after by industry for their ability to make a strong contribution in the workplace and for their strong practical work ethic. Choosing a course in science provides students with an excellent basis upon which to develop exciting careers subsequently.
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