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UCD School of Physics

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Welcome to the UCD School of Physics!

We offer three undergraduate programmes through the Science Omnibus Entry (CAO Code DN200), these are Physics, Theoretical Physics and Physics with Astronomy & Space Science. Also the School offers taught MSc programmes in Space Science & Technology, NanoBio Science, Nanotechnology, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and Computational Physics. Part-time options are available on most programmes. Undergraduate numbers in the school have grown by over 20% in the recent years and we have a growing cohort of taught MSc students. There are about 50 graduate research students in the school, most of whom are pursuing PhD programmes and many of whom are from outside Ireland. The academic staff make up a dynamic, international group researching across a wide range of disciplines within Physics. These include: Astrophysics (5), Atomic, Molecular and Laser Plasma Physics (4), Condensed Matter Theory (1), Computational Biophysics (3), Experimental NanoScience (6), Experimental Particle Physics (2) and Radiation/Medical Physics (1) (the numbers of academics in each area is shown in brackets).

With high levels of research funding, and the recent construction and refurbishment of over 26,000 square metres of research and undergraduate teaching space in the College of Science, the future is very bright for the School of Physics, which consistently excels in the impact of its research. Currently the impact of our research, as measured using bibliometrics, is 1.7 times the global average. The School is the only Physics school on the Island of Ireland in the top 200 Physics Schools world wide according to the 2015 Shanghai rankings. We are currently drafting a new strategy, in the context of the UCD Strategy to 2020, with emphasis on Fundmental Physics and Physics in Health and Medicine.

Our graduates are found in employment and further study around the globe, and we seek to recruit students from 5 continents. I invite you to explore our website and contact us if you need further information, and you are always welcome to come and visit the school. A member of the academic staff will be delighted to discuss the options open to you.

Most of the School of Physics is located in building number 65 on the UCD campus map, g.p.s. coordinates 53o18'33" N, 6o13'29"W.

Martin Grünewald is Professor of Experimental Physics and Head of the UCD School of Physics.