Course Details

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1 Year FT, 2 Years PT
Masters (MSc)
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Christophe Silien
Email: Telephone: +353 (0) 61 234177 Fax: 353-61-202423 Web:

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Brief Description

The MSc Applied Physics is a calendar year programme intended for graduates of physical science and engineering. UL Physics works with companies such as Analog Devices, COOK Medical, Intel, Seagate and BorgWarner. This engagement advances science, develops new products and processes, and creates employment opportunities for our graduates.

The course is delivered by researchers at the cutting edge of next generation technologies. They have an outstanding track-record in producing scientific publications, and intellectual property, in materials for battery and energy harvesting, photonics devices, non-linear optics and imaging, atomistic simulations, 2D-materials, and medical devices.

Our researchers are members of the Bernal Institute at UL which is one of the leading research institutes in Ireland, and have a tradition of experimental development, calibration, and validation that is transferred to our graduates.

The Bernal Institute houses nationally unique scientific infrastructure for the preparation and characterization of novel materials and components. The Bernal laboratory of advanced microscopy houses the FEI Titan Transmission Electron Microscope, which is run by Professor Ursel Bangert, a world leading microscopy researcher, as well as the newly established Actuate Lab, led by ERC awardee Dr. Sarah Guerin.”

The objective of the MSc Applied Physics programme is to meet the needs of graduates who wish to increase their skills with an understanding of applied physics and knowledge of the physical principles underlying material properties, and the operation of processes and equipment, for the research and high technology sectors.

The 1 Year MSc involves course work which extends over two trimesters and a work project which is carried out on a part-time basis in trimester 1 and 2 and on a full-time basis in the final summer trimester.  A passing grade in the entire project element will be a requirement to graduate with a MSc award. The modules are delivered over 5 trimesters in the 2 Year part-time programme.

Autumn Spring  Summer
  • PH6001 Research Project 1

Students to choose 4 modules from electives below 

  • PH6011 Experimental Design and Research Methodology
  • PH5041 Condensed Matter Physics 1
  • PH5094 Nanoscience & Technology 1
  • PH5098 Semiconductor Processing 1
  • PH6071 Advanced Analysis of Materials 1
  • PH5093 Physics of Advanced Metrology
  • PH6061 Computational Methods in Physics
  • PH6081 Earth and Atmospheric Science
  • PH6021 Predictive Biomolecular Modelling Tools
  • PH5091 Physics of Materials
  • PH6002 Research Project 2

Students to choose 4 modules from the electives below

  • PH6032 Scientific Communication and Literature Review
  • PH5042 Condensed Matter Physics 2
  • PH5098 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2
  • PH5092 Semiconductor Processing 2
  • PH6072 Advanced Analysis of Materials 2
  • PH6031 Physics of Medical Instrumentation
  • PH6042 Advanced Computational Methods in Physics
  • PH6052 Advanced Energy Conversion and Storage
  • EE6452 Digital Control
  • EE6642 Noise
  • PH5097 Research Project 3 

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.


Normally a 2.2 Hons Degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland)  in an appropriate Scientific or Engineering discipline (e.g., Physics, Chemistry, Materials, Nanotechnology, etc.). Applications from other graduates who have a sufficient mathematical element in their primary degree in addition to other relevant technical background are considered as well. The programme is also successful with graduates from BSc of Science with concurrent Teacher Education programmes.

  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €7,164

Non- EU - €18,078

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

Career opportunities exist throughout the high technology sector of industry, including microelectronics, instrumentation, medical technology, and information technology, employers include Analog Devices, Intel Corporation, Harris, IBM, Nortel and Boston Scientific.


Esther Adegoke - I am currently a Ph.D. student concentrating in the field of nanomaterials under the joint supervision of Prof. Kevin Ryan and Prof. Ursel Bangert. I obtained my MSc degree in Applied Physics at the University of Limerick in 2019, under the guidance of Prof. Ursel Bangert who is now a co-supervisor in my current research area. At UL you are given a potential research topic that matches your background and experience while having the freedom to develop your own research area of interest. My Science Foundation Ireland Funded research focuses on the investigative study of nanocrystal structure, interface, nucleation and growth mechanisms in these materials using aberration-corrected electron microscopy (EM) and In situ EM techniques. 
Working with both the Nanotechnology and TEMUL group at the Bernal Institute has been a great experience with ample opportunity to engage in multiple research areas and collaborations. I have obtained training in techniques such as the use of State of the art microscopes and other high technology characterization tools. This has been invaluable to my career development.
My journey so far has been exciting, from presenting my work at conferences to interacting, networking and exchanging research ideas with other Ph.D. students and experts from around the world. I now also have first-hand experience with teaching and leadership through laboratory demonstrations and these experiences have greatly improved my personal development towards being an independent researcher.