What will I learn?

Are you the type of person who enjoys understanding the details of how current technologies work? Would you like to use this understanding to develop new technologies and applications? Do you want to have flexibility in choosing your career? If so, this programme might suit you.

Why Study Applied Physics in UL?

In short, the top reasons for studying applied physics at UL are:

1. A pragmatic balance between fundamental and applied aspects of physics.

2. Strong emphasis on problem-solving skills making graduates highly desirable as employees in industry, academia and research.

3. Strong engagement in research ensuring that graduates are up to date with the latest developments in applied physics.

4. Outstanding links with local industry for cooperative placement, collaborative research and employment.

5. A friendly, collaborative, and highly collegial environment that stimulates innovative thinking and promotes the highest standard of accomplishment in tackling challenges.

Faculty members teaching this course are deeply involved in research and are continually generating scientific breakthroughs and next generation technologies. The Department has an outstanding track record in scientific publications, patents and generation of intellectual property. Examples of scientific advances and technological innovations pioneered in the Department include piezoelectricity in synthetic bone material, infrared nanoscopy, and vanadium redox flow batteries.

Many of the Department’s faculty members are also members of the Bernal Institute, one of the leading research institutes in Ireland, which houses nationally unique microscopy, spectroscopy and process infrastructure. Students gain access to this infrastructure through undergraduate laboratory courses and fourth year projects.

The programme is four years in e first two years provide you with a strong foundation in the following areas:

Modern Physics
Experimental Physics

The third and fourth years of study provide core material in the following areas:

Quantum Mechanics
Computational Physics
Medical Instrumentation

Employability skills from this degree

Planning, executing, analysing and reporting on experiments and investigations
Analysing data, evaluating the level of uncertainty in experimental investigations and drawing valid conclusions
Understanding mathematical modelling and the role of approximation
Producing clear and accurate scientific reports
Using laboratory apparatus and techniques soundly
Using technical language correctly
Working independently, using initiative to meet deadlines, and interacting constructively with other people

Construction of logical arguments
Problem solving by identifying the appropriate principles and using scientific techniques such as special and limiting cases and order-of-magnitude estimates
Numerical skills
Attention to detail
IT skills, including using programming languages and applications
Communication—listening carefully, reading demanding texts, and presenting complex information clearly

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€16,794.00 (US$ 19,481) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 July 2022

More details

Start date

5 September 2022


University of Limerick


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or entitled to be so registered. Have a minimum of 6 months post-registration experience as an RGN* within the past 3 years, working a minimum of 78 hours per month. Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D or above; TOEFL: 580 (paper based) OR 90 (internet based); IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any component; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

For international students

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D or above

TOEFL: 580 (paper based) OR 90 (internet based)

IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any component

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is an affordable place for students to gain a top-class education which will boost their future career prospects.

  • Named the Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2019
  • Voted best Student Campus in Ireland in 2019 and 2020
  • 3rd in Europe for Employability and Career Preparation
  • Affordable cost of living, with scholarships available