This Honours Degree course is offered jointly by Cork Institute of Technology 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, 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.
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.
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.