Physics with Medical Physics & Bioengineering / Fisic le Fisic Mhíochaine ┐ Bithinnealtóireacht

Programme Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics with Medical Physics & Bioengineering

2021 CAO Points 346

Leaving Cert
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Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



Other Grade Requirements

At least H4 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Agricultural Science, Engineering, Technical Drawing, Technology or Design and Communication Graphics.

Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at 

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

Physics underpins many important aspects of medical diagnostics, technology and treatment. Think of x-rays, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scans and treatment of tumours with radiation. Physics is crucial to all of these.

Medical physicists and bioengineers play a vital, often leading role in medical research teams in developing or applying new medical technology in a hospital or industry environment.

This degree was developed in partnership with both the medical device industry and the medical physics and bioengineering community in Ireland and is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Experts deliver a range of specialist modules in the areas of Medical Devices, Bioengineering and Rehabilitation Engineering, Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy.

In the Physics of Medical Devices module, you’ll gain insights into the medical device industry, from the initial concept of a medical device to its manufacture. In the Diagnostic Imaging module, you’ll gain an understanding of the principles of how an image is formed using x-rays or sound waves, and be able to critically assess the important design features in such imaging devices for optimum image quality.

In the Bioengineering module, you’ll learn about the design and engineering of artificial limbs and implants, as well as advanced biocompatible materials.

There’s a seven-month work placement during Year 3 in either a medical physics & bioengineering department in a hospital, research laboratory or medical device company. This will give you day-to-day experience as a physicist in medical physics and bioengineering, as well as help you to develop important links for your future career.

A wide range of careers are open to physics graduates, many of them using the methodology of physics: technical know-how, the logical approach, problem-solving skills. Graduates work in well-paid physics-based industries such as the critical and growing areas of medical physics, bioengineering and medical devices, and also the electronics industry, alternative energy development and telecommunications.

Their analytical skills also place physicists in demand in a range of financial, fund management and research roles, in law, in management consultancy, as weather forecasters, computer programmers and as physics and science teachers.

Typical career opportunities of past graduates are in organisations such as the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, University Hospital Galway, the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Boston Scientific, Hermitage Medical Clinic, bitSmith Games, St. James’s Hospital, Medtronic Vascular, and Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Study Abroad Opportunities
6 to 12 months can be taken abroad.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

  • Bioengineer
  • Medical Device Designer
  • Electronics Industry
  • Alternative Energy Developer
  • Weather Forecaster
  • Computer Programmer
  • Physics and Science Teacher

Concentration on a single subject is not enough for any scientist, especially in as wide-ranging a subject area as this. This degree programme also covers relevant Biology, Engineering, Problem Solving Skills, Computer Studies, Chemistry, Maths (in Years 1 and 2) and Professional Skills.

  • Physics (with Medical Physics flavour)
  • Biology
  • Microbiology and Medical Device Decontamination
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Studies
  • Science
  • Technology and Society studies
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Devices and Feedback Control
  • Computational Studies
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Physics
  • Medical Physics and Bioengineering
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Implants and Biosensors
  • Industrial Work Placement
  • Physics
  • Medical Physics and Bioengineering
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • General Radiotherapy
  • Bioelectromagnetism
  • Invention
  • Innovation and Commercialisation
  • Studies and Research Project

The problem-based learning approach in class and the hands-on work experience during third year were really beneficial to me securing a job as a clinical engineer. Being a physics graduate with work experience makes you stand out from other graduates.

Exit Awards

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Level 6 Higher Certificate


Level 7 Bachelor of Science (Ord) 


Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Hons)

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Hons)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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Dr Siobhan Daly