BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology

Bachelor of Science (Honours)Physics for Modern Technology

Full Time
2020 CAO range:
        308 - 589
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is the BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology?

The BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology is a full time, four year, honours degree which can be chosen within the WD002 - Bachelor of Science (Hons) Common Entry Route. This is an inter-disciplinary course which provides students with an understanding of the physics underlying modern technologies such as semiconductors, optics/photonics, alternative energy, and sensor systems. It is designed to provide students with strong and complementary skills in the areas of physics, engineering, mathematics and programming. Graduates will develop a range of transferable skills that are valued and much sought after by industry. 

BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology work placement or study abroad

Students undertake a six-month work placement, allowing them to develop valuable professional skills. Recent placement opportunities have included: Analog Devices, Bausch & Lomb, Teva, FeedHenry, TSSG, UPMC Whitfield Cancer Care, Genzyme, Fidelity Investments, ESA (European Space Agency, Holland) and NPrime (UK).. Students also study abroad in one of WIT’s partner institutions in Europe, Canada or the USA.

Why are Physics and Technology important?

  • Physics is central to understanding the world around us and it is the driving force behind most modern technologies

  • Smartphones, iPads, fibre-optics, lasers, GPS satellites, solid state drives, radiotherapy beams, smart sensors, medical imaging systems, and a host of other devices and systems are all applications of physics.  

Professional Links

This course is recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP), the professional body for physicists. Graduates qualify for Associate Membership which provides a route to full Institute Membership following appropriate professional experience. Further details can be found at

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introductory Biology Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Introductory Chemistry Mathematics for Scientists
Introductory Physics Physical and Organic Chemistry
Introductory Mathematics Physics for Scientists
Introduction to ICT for ScientistsChoose two of the following electives:
Good Lab Practice and Core Skills *Introduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science
*Introduction to Modern Physics
*Plant Biology
*Science & Society
*Introduction to Food Science
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Mechanics and WavesAdvanced Mechanics
Thermodynamics with Alternative Energy ApplicationsElectromagnetism
Electronic Devices & SystemsDC / AC Fundamentals
Ordinary Differential Equations Advanced Calculus
Programming Fundamentals 1Programming Fundamentals 2
Spectroscopic TechniquesScience Universe & Society
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Atomic, Quantum and Solid State Device PhysicsWork Placement
Electromagnetism, Physical Optics and Photonicsor
Computational Environments and ToolchainsStudy Abroad
Advanced Engineering Maths
Measurement Systems
Semiconductor Fundamentals
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Advanced OpticsSemiconductor Device Technoloy & Spectroscopic Techniques
Nuclear & Particle PhysicsPhotonics Applications
Control SystemsResearch Project
Computational PhysicsChoose two of the following electives:
Research Methodology & Literature Review*Digital Control
Semiconductor Devices*Smart Grid Technology / Renewable Energies
*Applied Fluid Dynamics
*Automotive Diagnostic Protocols
*The Corrected Car
*Automated Cloud Services

Leaving Cert: Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology:

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

How to apply for the BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology on the CAO:

The entry route for this programme is from WD002 - Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Common Entry). Applicants who select degree option WD002 PHY (Physics for Modern Technology) are guaranteed a place in that programme, subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided about their degree option should choose WD002 GEN.

At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology:

Career Opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technoloy graduates: 

Graduates of BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology will find employment in industry and research in a range of sectors. Visit the Institute of Physics in Ireland website for more information on the many interesting and diverse career opportunities open to physicists.

  • Semiconductors

  • Telecommunications/Photonics

  • Medical Physics

  • Biomedical Devices

  • Space Science & Technology

  • Automotive

  • Alternative Energy

  • Meteorology

  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

  • Teaching after gaining a Professional Master of Education

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics

  • Financial Services

Follow on Study for BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology graduates: 

Graduates may proceed onto a number of taught masters courses at WIT:

Professional Links

The BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology is recognised by the Institute of Physics, which is the professional body for physicists in Ireland and the UK. Graduates of this degree programme can obtain membership of the Institute of Physics.

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  • Dr. Claire Keary

    Lecturer in Physics

    Tel: 51834087 Email: [email protected]

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