BSc (Hons) Physics and Astrophysics

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Program description

If you are passionate about how things work and enjoy scientific experiments and mathematics, you should study physics, the study of the universe, from the largest galaxies to matter itself. 

Physics and the technologies developed by physicists play an important role in chemistry, biology, medicine, electronics, geology and in the applied fields of optics, nanotechnology, computer science and engineering.

Its concepts, from relativity to quantum mechanics, challenge the imagination. A physics education not only develops problem-solving skills, but also provides a firm grasp of basic science and the ability to apply and adapt that knowledge in the workplace.

Why choose this course

 

The UCC program offers an excellent education in experimental and theoretical physics.

Physics and the technologies developed by physicists play an important role in atmospheric science, chemistry, biology, medicine, electronics, geology, energy, optics, nanotechnology, computer science and engineering.

An education in physics provides problem-solving, analytical, computational, mathematical and IT skills and can lead to a wide range of careers.

You will enter the job market with a first-class numeracy degree from one of the strongest mathematical science departments in the country.

The emphasis on developing problem-solving skills in a variety of disciplines is highly valued by employers. Our students have an excellent track record both in professional development after graduation and in graduate studies.

We have strong links with local, national and international companies, as well as a solid international reputation in research, which will add value to your degree.

Program structure

Year 1 Modules

Core:

  • PY1052 and PY1053 Introduction to Physics I and II (10 credits each)
  • MA1011 Mathematical Methods I (5 credits)
  • MA1012 Mathematical Methods II (5 credits)
  • AM1020 Mathematical Modeling (5 credits)
  • AM1021 Mechanics I (5 credits)
  • ST1051 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (5 credits)

Core:

  • PY1052 and PY1053 Introduction to Physics I and II (10 credits each)
  • AM1052 Introduction to Mathematics (5 credits)
  • MA1058 Introduction to Linear Algebra (5 credits)
  • MA1059 Calculus (5 credits)
  • MA1060 Introduction to Analysis (5 credits)
  • ST1051 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (5 credits) 

Electives for Option 1 and 2 to the value of 15 credits of the following:

  • AM1053 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (5 credits)
  • AM1054 Mathematical software (5 credits)
  • CM1006 Introduction to Chemistry for Physicists and Mathematicians (10 credits)
  • CM1007 Introduction to Chemistry for Physicists (15 credits)
  • CS1061 Programming in C (5 credits)
  • CS1065 Computer Applications with Visual Basic (5 credits)
  • Introductory Programming CS1068 in Python (5 credits)
  • MA1057 Introduction to Abstract Algebra (5 credits)
  • PY1054 Special Topics in Physics (5 credits)
  • ST1051 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (5 credits).
  • BL1002 Cells, biomolecules, genetics and evolution
  • BL1004 Physiology and structure of plants and animals
  • BL1006 Habitats and Ecosystems

Core:

  • PY1052 and PY1053 Introduction to Physics I and II (10 credits each)
  • MA1058 Introduction to Linear Algebra (5 credits)
  • MA1059 Calculus (5 credits)
  • MA1060 Introduction to Analysis (5 credits)
  • CM1007 Introduction to Chemistry for Physicists (15 credits)

Electives for Option 3 two modules to the value of 10 credits from the following:

  • BL1002 Cells, biomolecules, genetics and evolution
  • BL1004 Physiology and structure of plants and animals
  • BL1006 Habitats and Ecosystems

Option 1

Students select a grade sequence from:

  • Astrophysics
  • Physics
  • Chemical Physics

Option 2

  • Mathematical Sciences and Physics

Option 3

  • Science Education (Physics Pathway only).

Admission requirements

  • Minimum requirement 1 x H4, 1 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Mathematics and laboratory science courses required.
  • In the case of international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, a degree officially translated into English will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or internationally recognised equivalent).

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