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Course code: SCI
CAO/PAC code: MH201
Points: 400
QQI: Yes click here for details
Closing date: 01 July 2023
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Physics deals with understanding the nature of concepts such as motion, forces, energy, matter, electricity, heat, sound and light. Often a distinction is made between classical physics - which includes classical mechanics, acoustics, optics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism - and modern physics - which is the physics of matter on a very small scale or under extreme conditions, and includes quantum physics, atomic and nuclear physics, solid state physics and elementary particle physics.

  • Physics is relevant to many other sciences, such as astronomy, biology, and geology. The combinations of these fields are called astrophysics, biophysics, and geophysics. As a science, physics has always been regarded as a fundamental area of human knowledge, which is evidenced by its high profile in the media and general level of human interest.
  • Maynooth University has a long tradition of excellence in Experimental Physics; the inventor of the induction coil, Nicholas Callan, was Professor of Experimental Physics here from 1826 to 1864.
  • We offer a broad and exciting curriculum in a vibrant learning environment as part of our four-year degree programmes in Experimental Physics (BSc Single Major and Double Major) and a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics (MH204).
  • Facilities at Maynooth University are first class and include state-of-the-art laboratories, an observatory with a computerised Meade telescope, an atmospheric physics facility and radio and cosmic ray telescopes.
  • Field trips and scientific visits are organised to other facilities such as L’Observatoire d’Haute Provence (France), the European Space Agency (the Netherlands), Jodrell Bank (UK), St. Luke’s Hospital, Dublin and Armagh Observatory.
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