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What will I learn?

Physics is the fundamental science, which seeks to understand the basic laws governing the structure of matter, the nature of energy and the physical forces that form our world. Its span of interest ranges from the nature of the short-range forces which operate inside the atomic nucleus to the origin and structure of the universe.

If you have an enquiring mind, and are interested in discovering how things work, then this could be the course for you. The Bachelor of Science (Physics – degree options in Applied, Astrophysics, Biomedical, Theoretical) four year degree at NUI Galway offers you the flexibility in how you can study physics. It gives you the opportunity to experience a number of subjects along with core Physics before specialising in your chosen pathway in third year.

These pathways are:

  • Applied Physics, the study of physics with particular emphasis on technological and practical applications
  • Astrophysics, the part of astronomy that deals with the physics of the universe, including that of stars, black holes and galaxies
  • Biomedical Physics, the application of physics to the medical and biological sciences
  • Theoretical Physics, the application of mathematical tools and models to explain and predict physical phenomena

You will be introduced to these pathways at the very start of the programme. Students will gain an insight into some of the most exciting and interesting areas of scientific inquiry.

Further Education

Honours graduates can pursue higher degrees in physics or, depending on the specialisms selected, in a wide range of areas such as applied physics, astrophysics, energy/environmental studies, medical and biomedical physics, meteorology, and theoretical physics.

Career Opportunities

A degree in physics is an excellent training for employment in high technology industries (e.g. communications, electronics, optics and photonics, semiconductors, medical devices) and also in fields such as second- and third-level education, meteorology, the environmental and medical sciences, and software design.

A physics degree can also lead to an exciting career in fundamental research in any area of physics or in multidisciplinary areas such as nanotechnology, medical physics, biophysics, occupational health, and materials science. Theoretical physicists often work in the financial and actuarial sectors.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€22,666.00 (US$ 26,292) per year
EU Fees: €7,408 p.a. 2021/22 (Tuition: €4,268 p.a. 2021/22, Student Contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2021/22, Student levy: €140 p.a. 2021/22)

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

Start date

Expected September 2022


National University of Ireland, Galway

University Road,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Graduates who have a level 7 qualification in a relevant area of Science, Engineering or Technology are eligible to apply for this programme. Applications from candidates who hold a Level 7 primary degree in a non-technical subject, and who have at least five years medical technology industry experience in quality and /or regulatory affairs will be considered. In addition to demonstrating their English language competency, they will need to provide evidence of having relevant experience in research (laboratory and/or computational desk based research) at undergraduate level or post-graduation. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

For international students

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

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


About National University of Ireland

While situated in one of the smaller university cities globally, NUI Galway has a far-reaching reputation for excellent research and study programmes.

  • Four excellent colleges offering a wide selection of courses
  • Excellent reputation for teaching excellence and research
  • Exceptionally high graduate employment rates
  • Study in a city regularly voted one of the world’s friendliest