Applied Physics MSc From University of Limerick

Program Overview

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 e.g. patents. Our researchers are members of the Bernal Institute at UL which is one of the leading research institutes in Ireland.

The Bernal Institute houses nationally unique scientific infrastructure for the preparation and characterisation of novel materials and components. The Bernal laboratory of advanced microscopy houses the FEI Titan Transmission Electron Microscope, which is run by one of the MSc programme lecturers, Professor Ursel Bangert, a world leading microscopy researcher.

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.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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The 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


  • PH6001 Research Project 1

Students to choose 4 modules from electives below 

  • PH5041 Condensed Matter Physics 1
  • PH5094 Nanoscience & Technology 1
  • PH5098 Semiconductor Processing 1
  • PH5093 Physics of Advanced Metrology
  • PH5091 Physics of Materials
  • PH6041 Methodology of Research in Physical Science


  • PH6002 Research Project 2

Students to choose 4 modules from the electives below

  • PH5042 Condensed Matter Physics 2
  • PH5095 Nanoscience & Technology 2
  • PH5092 Semiconductor Processing 2
  • PH6031 Physics of Medical Instrumentation
  • PH6022 Reporting Results in Physical Science
  • MT4518 Surface Technology


  • PH5097 Research Project 3 

Normally a 2.2 Hons Degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland)  in an appropriate Science/Engineering/Technology discipline. Applications from other graduates who have a significant mathematical element in their primary degree in addition to other relevant technical background will also be considered.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

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.


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