BSc Physics From University College Dublin

Program Overview

Physics is about the fundamental laws of the universe that govern living as well as non-living systems. It is a fundamental science, involving a deep understanding of nature derived from mathematical and experimental insights. 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.

Developments in physics have led to advances in many fields, including medicine and the semiconductor industry. 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. The degree will develop your knowledge and skills in problem-solving, data analysis, computation and experimental techniques.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 26,400


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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This is a sample pathway for a degree in Physics. Topics include relativity, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, thermal physics, optics and lasers, atomic and nuclear physics, particle physics, condensed matter physics and medical physics. Practical training develops core experimental skills including data acquisition techniques.

First Year

  • Physics

  • Mathematics

  • Optional Science modules

  • Elective module

Second Year

  • Physics

  • + 1 Other Science Subject

  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Physics

  • Elective modules

  • UCD offers research experience to undergraduates

Fourth Year

  • Physics (project, core physics and options including general relativity medical physics, ultrafast photonics, computational biophysics and astrophysics)

Leaving Certificate:

  • O2/H6 in Mathematics

  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and

  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects


An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version. 

In 2022 and 2023 we will accept IELTS indicator. It may not be recognised after that depending on the outcome of a review.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 

A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with no less than 21 in writing and at least 19 in every other section.

General Requirements

  • Standard XII

  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)

  • Council for the Indian School Certificate (CISCE)

  • Intermediate Exam (some state boards)

  • Higher/Senior School Certificate/Examination (most state boards)

  • Average is calculated on best 5 recognised subjects

  • CBSE/AISSCE/CUSCE/ISC - English Language 80% OR IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent

The fees for BSc Physics may vary from  - €26,400 to €30,000 anually for tuition fees. The fee's prices may get higher for international students.

The UCD Physics degree is an accredited Physics degree and recent Physics 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.


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