The BSc (Hons) in Physics for Modern Technology is a full time, four year, honours degree which can be chosen within the SE501 - 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.
Students undertake a nine 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 may also study abroad in one of SETU’s partner institutions in Europe, Canada or the USA.
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.
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 www.iop.org.
|Semester 1||Semester 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 Scientists||Choose two of the following electives:|
|Good Lab Practice and Core Skills||*Introduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science|
|*Introduction to Food Science|
|*Introduction to Modern Physics|
|*Science & Society|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Mechanics and Waves||Advanced Mechanics|
|Science, Universe & Society||Electromagnetism|
|Electronic Devices & Systems||DC / AC Fundamentals|
|Ordinary Differential Equations||Advanced Calculus|
|Programming Fundamentals 1||Programming Fundamentals 2|
|Spectroscopic Techniques||Thermodynamics for Engineers|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Atomic, Quantum and Solid State Device Physics||Work Placement|
|Electromagnetism, Physical Optics and Photonics|
|Advanced Engineering Mathematics|
|Computational Environments & Toolchains|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Introduction to Convergent Technologies||Semiconductor Devices|
|Computational Physics||Photonics Applications|
|Control Systems||Research Project|
|Nuclear Physics & Spectroscopic Techniques||Smart Grid Technologies/Renewable Energies|
|Research Methodology & Literature Review||Choose one of the following electives:|
|Choose one of the following electives:||*Digital Control|
|*Process Technology||*The Connected Car|
|*Cloud Computing 1||*Applied Fluid Dynamics|
|*Advanced Driver Assistance Systems||*Data Mining 2|
|*Data Mining 1|
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
The entry route for this programme is from SE501 - Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Common Entry).
At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.
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.
Space Science & Technology
Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
Teaching after gaining a Professional Master of Education
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Graduates may proceed onto a number of taught masters courses at WIT:
Masters or PhD by Research
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.