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Physics & Instrumentation

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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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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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The aim of this programme is to satisfy those who have an interest in fundamental science, to find rewarding careers in the applications of physics to measurement science and technology.

There is a high emphasis on practical work and projects - the student completes a number of projects over the course of the programme, and these can range from building electronic guitars, to making heart monitors, to finding new ways to use electron microscopy. There is a six month industrial placement in year three.

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GA773 - Physics & Instrumentation
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

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GA773 - Physics & Instrumentation
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Opportunities for graduates abound in sectors such as semiconductor research, calibration laboratories, and any sector that uses instrumentation e.g. pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology sectors. Furthermore one of the key skills developed in a physics based degree is the ability to assess and solve problems, this is a skill that is transferable to many jobs that are not directly physics based. 

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