Bachelor degree
48 months
Application deadlines: July 1
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: €50
Intakes: September
International tuition: €25,600
Domestic tuition: €7,574

Program overview

Physics is the subject that constantly asks “why?”, questioning why matter and energy exist and act as they do, and discovering the underlying rules that govern their behaviour. Physicists now believe that all phenomena observed in the universe can be explained in terms of a handful of forces: gravity, electricity, magnetism, and weak and strong nuclear interactions. X-rays, radioactivity and particle beams have led to advances in medicine. The invention of lasers and solid-state transistors by physicists paved the way for computers, DVD players and iPods. Understanding physical principles and discovering new laws that explain our universe at an even deeper level are the challenges that confront physicists in the 21st century.

Study options

This program can be done
On campus



  • Duolingo English Test
Cambridge A Level: At least three subjects at A Level Grade C and three other subjects at GCSE Level Grade C. International Baccalaureate: 24 or more total points and the award of the IB Diploma. If you are presenting the Irish school leaving certificate you are required to have attained a H7/O6 in English. If you are studying in another education system you are required to show equivalent competency in English either through your school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test. For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved, temporarily, the use of the Duolingo Test of English (DET) for the 2020 intake. A DET score of 110 will be accepted as an equivalent for IELTS overall score of 6.5, and DET score of 120 will be accepted as an equivalent for IELTS overall score of 7.0.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates have pursued careers in the following: Energy technology Medical physics Meteorology Advanced materials (e.g. semiconductor industry) Geoscience ICT and financial industries Semi-state bodies such as EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection Graduates are also eligible to apply for MSc programmes in Nanobio Science, Space Science & Technology, Nanotechnology, Medical Physics or Meteorology, or for PhD programmes in Ireland and abroad in diverse areas such as Radiation Physics, Physics of Advanced Materials, Atomic Physics, Particle Physics and Astrophysics.

Campus location

Dublin , Ireland

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