Physics & Instrumentation - Galway Campus

ATU - Galway Campuses


Course Name Physics & Instrumentation - Galway Campus
Course Provider ATU - Galway Campuses
Alternative Provider(s) ATU - Atlantic Technological University
Course Code AU575
Course Type Higher Education CAO
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Degree - Ordinary Bachelor (Level 7 NFQ)  More info... Major Atlantic Technological University Level 7 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Daytime
Location (Districts) Galway City
Qualification Letters BSc
Duration 3 years full-time.
Specific Subjects or Course Requirements Higher Certificate (Level 6) and Ordinary Degree (Level 7)

5 Leaving Cert. subjects @ grade O6/H7 or better

Subjects must include either English or Irish.

Mathematics is a required subject.

Minimum points score of 160 points
Leaving Certificate General Entry Requirements

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Students who achieve grade H6 or better in the Higher (Honours) maths exam will receive 25 additional points. Bonus points will also apply to Honours maths results from previous years. For maths results from 2016 and e...

QQI FET Applicants General Information

Expand+QQI Level 5/6 (FETAC)

QQI Leibhéal 5/6 (FETAC)
Applicants must present a full major award at Level 5 or higher. A record achievement, a minor award or a component award will not meet the minimum entry requirement. You must have at least 120 QQI...

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Mature Applicants

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Mic Léinn Lánfhásta

If you are applying for first-year and will be 23 years of age (or older) by 1st January in the proposed year of entry you are defined as a “Mature Applicant”.

Do mature applicants have any advantag...

Alternative Entry

Expand+UK and Northern Ireland Applicants
Iarrthóirí ón Ríocht Aontaithe agus Ó Thuaisceart Éirinn

An award at Level 3 on the UK framework is the minimum entry standard for year one.

Standard UK/NI applicants
Standard applicants are those pres...

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Number of Places 32
Course Fee

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Rules on fees and grants are subject to change. Please check the websites of the HEA and SUSI for the most up-to-date information on the criteria for determining liability for fees and/or eligibility for grants. See

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Financial Support If you feel you may need financial assistance in university, apply for financial support as early as possible. The sooner you apply the sooner you will know if you are eligible for a grant. Applications usually open in March of each year.

You can check your eligibility on and
CAO Application Dates and Fees

Expand+Entry 2023

Early online application (discounted): Fee €30 Closing Date: 20 January 2023 at 5pm

Normal online application: Fee €45 Closing Date: 1 February 2023 at 5pm

Late online application - restrictions apply (see page 3 2023 CAO Hand...

Course Content

Expand+Programme Description
The progression of modern technology is largely based on fundamental physics research and instrumentation development. Innovation in all areas of science, engineering, measurement and technology relies on the development of new...

Subjects Taught

Expand+What will I study?

Year 1
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics - Optics, Mechanics and Electromagnetism
• Mathematics
• Academic and Professional Skills

Year 2
• Physics
• Electronic Instrumentation
• Control and Instrument S...

Comment Did You Know?
Over 90% of graduates are in full-time employment within three months of graduation. Graduates of this programme have gone on to work with NASA.

Quick Fact
There is no need to have studied physics at Leaving Certificate, as the fundamentals of all science subjects are delivered in the first year.

Common Entry
Students may enter into Year 2 of this programme via the Science Undenominated common entry route AU556 Level 7 or AU656 Level 8.
Careers or Further Progression

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A degree in Physics and Instrumentation opens many career opportunities. Graduates are highly sought after for high-earning key roles in a range of different sectors. They find employment in the pharmaceutical, medical device, e...

Further Enquiries Gareth Roe,
Head of Department of Computer Science and Applied Physics,
Course Web Page Web Page - Click Here
Points History
Year Points
2022 376
2021 302
2020 299