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DT227
Science with Nanotechnology

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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).

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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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Nanoscience is the study of very small-things on a nanometer scale (one thousandth millionth of a metre). This is the scale of large molecules like plastics or proteins.

Nanotechnology includes the techniques used to create structures on a scale below 100 nm, which can be used in new generations of electronics, sensors and computer chips. Many of today’s global challenges in the environment and health can be addressed by nanotechnology intervention.

This degree is a physics and chemistry degree with a unique focus on nanoscience and nanotechnology. In the later years of the degree the student chooses to specialise in either physics or chemistry, but all students do the nanotechnology modules. Concentration on a single subject is not enough for any scientist, especially in as wide-ranging a subject area as nanotechnology. So as well as chemistry and physics, this degree programme covers relevant Biology, Problem Solving Skills, Computer Studies, Maths (in Years 1 and 2) and Professional Skills.

Much of the physics in years 1 and 2 is delivered using Problem Based Learning which allows students to develop additional skills and qualities sought by industry including the ability to work in teams, interpersonal skills and adaptability. IT and Computing form an integral part of the programme which is characterised by extensive practical and project components.

In addition to the scientific modules, students will take a series of professional development modules on topics such as Entrepreneurial skills, Invention, Innovation and Commercialisation Skills and the role of science and technology in society. These modules will help graduates to apply the scientific knowledge gained on the degree in a meaningful real world manner.


Physics at Ireland's DIT is active in research areas from nanotechnology & materials science to optics to medical physics and has pioneered Problem Based Learning as a delivery method for undergraduate ordinary and honours Physics degrees.

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Many industries use nanotechnology: semiconductors and electronics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, food, agriculture, and more. Industry across Europe is predicting a big shortage of graduates with knowledge of nanotechnology in the near future.

There’s a wide range of careers for chemistry and physics graduates, many of them using the methodology of physics and chemistry: technical know-how, the logical approach, problem-solving skills. Graduates can work in physics or chemistry based industries such as medical physics, electronics, energy, telecommunications or the pharmaceutical industry.

 



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