Industrial Physics

  • Course Code

    CK 409

  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate examination entry requirements:


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


Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

English Irish Maths   Lab Science
06/H7 06/H7* H4*       H4

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

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

*Irish is a requirements for this programme unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

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.

Work Placement

Students are offered a minimum 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 hosted in Ireland, though may also be carried out abroad following prior arrangement between CIT/UCC and our collaborating industrial or academic partners.

Further studies

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.


Physical Sciences

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MTU Department of Physical Sciences website:



Recorded November 2021


Industrial Physics is a globally recognised discipline area with industrial physicists leading some of the most important scientific and technological developments of the past century, including the development of the transistor for computers, lasers for corrective eye surgery and LEDs for high brightness flat-screen TV and smart-phone displays. 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 Honours Degree course is offered jointly by MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork and University College Cork. The degree combines fundamental physics with hands-on industrial training, targeting careers in some of the most exciting and innovative industries in Ireland and abroad. The first two years of the degree focus mainly on fundamental physics taught at UCC (, while years three and four place an emphasis on industrial control technology and system interfacing using the specialised teaching laboratory facilities at MTU Cork's Department of Physical Sciences (


The 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.


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 and similar time commitment in the laboratory.

Lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical sessions take place in both UCC and MTU (Bishopstown Campus Cork). There is approximately a 75%/25% split in terms of time spent on either campus – for years 1 and 2, approx. 75% of the time is spent on the UCC campus whereas for years 3 and 4 it is approx. 75% of time on the MTU Bishopstown campus.


Modules are assessed by a mix of continuous assessment and written examinations.

Question Time

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 the heart of Ireland’s large and growing advanced manufacturing sectors (BioPharmachemical, micro/nano-electronics, data processing, materials science, etc)
  • Joint degree blending particular strengths of two institutions
  • Long established extended placement scheme with potential employers
  • High employer demand for graduates

Year 1 Modules

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)


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


Non-EU Applicants: See


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.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2020: 432

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Stephen Hegarty, MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork
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Dr Bryan Kelleher, UCC

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