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This full-time programme lasts four years. The first two years are a combination of the core modules taken on both the BSc in Mathematical Sciences and the BSc in Applied Physics at UL.
In these first two years the fundamental aspects of physics and mathematics are established. Physics subjects will include topics such as Mechanics, Waves, Light, Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism and Modern Physics, which covers the scope of current basic understanding in physics. In addition, more applied subjects are optics and semiconductors, which are essential to modern technology.
During the spring semester of the third year, a period of co-operative education (industry placement) gives you practical experience in a relevant work environment. It is organised by the University’s Department of Co-operative Education in collaboration with representatives from various industries, both in Ireland and abroad. Students are interviewed by company representatives. Upon selection, they are offered full-time employment during the Co-operative Education period and are paid at a competitive rate.
During the final year a project is undertaken which allows for an in-depth analysis of a particular problem. This also gives students interested in postgraduate research the opportunity to conduct exploratory research into a potential research topic.
Applicants must possess at the time of enrolment the prescribed Certificate of Completion (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: two H5 (Higher Level) grades and four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language.
In addition, applicants must have a minimum grade of O3/H7 in Mathematics and a grade of H4 in any of the following: Agricultural Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry.
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