BSc (Hons) Applied Physics

University of Limerick

Course Overview

Are you the type of person who enjoys understanding the details of how current technologies work? Would you like to use this understanding to develop new technologies and applications?

Do you want to have flexibility in choosing your career? If so, this programme might suit you. Physics is the study of matter and energy and their interaction: so it is the study of everything in the physical world. In order to learn about nature it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in. This language is mathematics. A physicist uses the tools of experiment and mathematics to uncover the relationships found in nature as Physics.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?


What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,465

Living Costs per year

€ 9,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • The University of Limerick has been ranked at 29 in the world’s top 300 universities as part of a recent study of green universities.
  • The UL link with industry is one of the strongest in Ireland. With both directly funded and state-sponsored active collaborative research, the Department of Physics at UL is working with companies such as Analog Devices, COOK Medical, Intel, and BorgWarner.
  • University of Limerick is ‘University of the Year 2019’ in the Sunday Times Good University Guide.
  • UL’s pioneering Cooperative placement programme also ensures that the graduates are engaged with industry from an early stage of their career and can adapt to the high levels of skill and professionalism required in industry.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

• Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
• In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and a grade H4 in any one of the following: Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Physics with Chemistry. A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

English Requirements

• Duolingo (DET) (for 2020 Entry Only in response to Covid-19 issues);
UL has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020/1 intake (due to test centre closeres). The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this for certain programmes.
580 (Paper based) or 90 (Internet based)
Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6.0 in any component.
*Please note some programmes have a higher IELTS requirement.
**Please note, we can only accept Academic IELTS. General IELTS will not be accepted.
• Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic);
A minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

Special Entry Requirements

There are a number of documents mentioned on our online application that are not immediately required:
• Recommendation – you will only require a professor/advisor recommendation if your GPA is below 2.9 on a 4.0 scale. You can submit your application without this.
• Financial Supporting documentation – This is required by the immigration office, you need to prove that you have sufficient funds to cover your study abroad period, €1,500 for each semester. A parent/guardian can provide a notarized financial statement as an alternative. You can submit your application without this. You will need it once you get to Ireland.
• Personal Statement – This is only required if your GPA is below 2.9 on a 4.0 scale. It can be between 300 and 500 words and should outline why you would like to study abroad in Ireland.

Career Prospects

Applied Physics is sufficiently broad in scope that our graduates are working throughout the high technology sector in areas including computer software (Google, Avaya), electronics (Molex, Microsemi), enterprise services (Accenture, SAP), and medical devices (Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, and Stryker).