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Bachelor of Science in Physics and Instrumentation

Discipline: Computer Science and Applied Physics

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 32

CAO Round 1 Points: 290 (2019)

Why Study?

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 sciences, 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.

Programme Modules

  • 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 months Industrial Placement

Career Opportunities

Review the career profiles of our graduates on 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.

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates can progress to year four of the BSc 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.

Essential Information: 

There is a six month industrial placement in year three.

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

Studying Physics & Instrumentation at GMIT, Galway

The Anti-Snaggy – Ben Ronayne – Physics & Instrumentation – GMIT

Automated Canine Feeder – Brendan Enright - Physics & Instrumentation – GMIT

Salinity Meter Prototype – Gemma Palmer – Physics & Instrumentation – GMIT

This One Goes to 1011 - David McKay - Physics & Instrumentation – GMIT

T-1 Wind Speed De-Terminator – Jamie Cahill - Physics & Instrumentation – GMIT

Contact Us

Dr. Seamus Lennon

Phone: 091-742081

eMail: Seamus Lennon