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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics and Instrumentation

Discipline: Computer Science and Applied Physics

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 32

CAO Round 1 Points: 300 (2019)

Why Study?

This course provides students with an extensive knowledge and experience of modern instrumentation and control systems. The course aims to strike a balance between the physical principles underlying modern instrumentation and the demands of the workplace; that is between theory and direct applications to industrial, analytical, scientific and control instrumentation.

The delivery of the course is focused on teaching instrumentation and related topics through the how-and-why approach of a physicist.

There is an emphasis on developing flexibility in thinking with the ability to synthesise new ideas whilst further advancing practical skills. This approach means that the graduate will be able to use and further develop current instruments and systems, and will also be readily able to understand and adapt to new technologies.

There is no need to have studied physics at leaving Certificate, as the fundamentals of all science subjects are delivered in year one.

Programme Modules

  • Physics
  • Applied Optics and Optoelectronics
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Laboratory Module
  • System Modelling and Design
  • Spectroscopic Instrumentation
  • Industrial placement

Career Opportunities

Graduates meet the requirements of industry at professional or engineer level. They gain employment in the following areas:

  • The design of industrial instrumentation and process control systems.
  • The development and design of new instruments and transducers.
  • Setting up testing and validation procedures.
  • In research activities in the semiconductor sector
  • In sectors such as software, pharmaceutical, biomedical and electronics.

Follow-on Studies: 

Honours graduates would be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc and PhD.

Essential Information: 

This course is recognised by the Teachers’ Registration Council for admission to the Higher Diploma in Education (HDip in Ed).

Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.

Physics & Instrumentation at GMIT - Student Experience

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Contact Us

Gareth Roe

Phone: 091-742389

eMail: Gareth Roe

Head of Department:

Dr. Seamus Lennon

Phone: 091-742081

eMail: Seamus Lennon