BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS AND INSTRUMENTATION
Why Study Physics and Instrumentation?
An enormous amount of modern technology is based on fundamental physics research - this is particularly true of the science of measurement. It is also true to say that the advancement of all other science—including the medical field—and engineering, relies on the development of new measurement techniques and instrumentation. Non-destructive testing is a specialisation of the course—this is the science of testing materials and systems without dismantling or damage, utilising X-rays, ultrasound, scanning electron microscopes, etc.
The aim of this programme is to satisfy those who have an interest in fundamental science, to find rewarding careers in the applications of physics to measurement science and technology. There is a high emphasis on practical work and projects—the student completes a number of projects over the course of the programme, and these can range from building electronic guitars, to making heart monitors, to finding new ways to use electron microscopy.
Note: There is no need to have studied physics at Leaving Certificate, as the fundamentals of all science subjects are delivered in year one.
Physics with Forensics, Electronic Instrumentation, Experimental Physics Digital Systems and Interfacing, Principles of Instrumentation & Calibration Computer Programming, Green Energy Technology, Project, Control Systems Forensic Analysis Techniques, Thermodynamics & Energy, Robotics & Automation, Six-Month Industrial Placement.
It is obvious that a qualification in physics does open many doors—from medical physics to astronomy research. Opportunities also abound in sectors such as semiconductor research, calibration laboratories, and any sector that uses instrumentation - e.g., pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology sectors.
Graduates can progress onto the year four of the B.Sc. honours degree in Physics and Instrumentation at GMIT (subject to availability of places) or to other relevant honours degree programmes at other Institutes of Technology and universities in Ireland and the UK
Other Essential Information
There is a six month industrial placement in year three.
There is no need to have studied chemistry for the Leaving Certificate.