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An education in Mechanical Engineering would be preferable. I would advise them to get as much diverse work experiences as possible, even if these jobs are not engineering related.
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DT260
Industrial and Environmental Physics

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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The aim of this programme is to produce graduates with the necessary skills for employment as technicians/technologists or scientific personnel in the fields of technology and physics, with a particular emphasis on the applications of physics in industrial and environmental contexts including the science underlying renewable energy and sustainable technologies.

The first year of the programme is common with the programmes DT212 Science, DT259 Biosciences and DT261 Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences, giving the student a broad scientific base before concentrating on the Applied Physics in Year 2 and Year 3.

The programme is offered on a modular basis. Six common core modules in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, professional skills and Information Technology provide students with a solid foundation in science. In the second semester there are modules of Project Based Physics, Astronomy and Environmental & Energy Physics. The student chooses an additional module from a selection of Chemistry and Biology modules on offer.

In the third year the applied and practical nature of the degree and the emphasis on environment, energy and industry come to the fore.


 
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CASFX  5M5267  Food Science
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CCTXX    Control Technology
CELTX    Electronic Technology
CENGT  5M2061  Engineering Technology
CASAC  5M2768  AnimalCare

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Graduates of this programme will have experience and skill in handling instrumentation and in the analysis, interpretation, presentation and critical evaluation of data. These skills along with an up-to-date knowledge of their field makes them highly suited for careers in industry and technology, especially in industries relating to renewable energy and sustainability, as technicians or as research assistants.

Graduates who achieve appropriate grades are eligible to apply for entry to Year 3 of the Honours Degree programme DT222 Physics Technology.



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