History

The department offers physics degrees at the BSc, MPhil and PhD levels, and engineering physics degree at the BSc level supported by over 20 full-time lecturers. The Department of Physics is also home to the Laser and Fibre Optics Centre (LAFOC) an ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics) funded major research center specializing in optical sciences and their broad applications.

As one of the most rapidly growing physics departments in the country, UCC’s Department of Physics has experienced great changes in the last 15 years:

  • Number of full-time lecturers has doubled
  • PhD and MPhil programmes established in Physics and Atmospheric Physics
  • Persistent increase in Engineering Physics students' population
  • The graduate population has exceeded 20 full-time students

Undergraduate and graduate (MPhil and Ph.D) students with a keen interest in, among others, optics, lasers, imaging, photonics, and space sciences are invited to apply to our programs with the possibility to receive financial support, one-on-one faculty mentoring, training in state-of-the-art technologies, and opportunities for professional development.