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CK 409

Key Info

  • Course CodeCK 409
  • Field of StudyPhysics
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration4 Years (8 Semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT and UCC
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 413

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.


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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.

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

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

Leaving Certificate entry requirements 6 subjects:

English and
Irish* Grade
4 2 H4 O6/H7
(Note 1)
(Note 2)

Note 1: *Irish is a requirements for this programme unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

Note 2: A H4 must be obtained in a Laboratory Science Subject (from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry, or Agricultural Science).

NB: Please note the H4 grade can also be used to satisfy the H5 requirements.


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.

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

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

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