In this Physics with Astronomy and Space Science (Hons) at University College Dublin students gain an understanding of how ground-based and space-based technologies are used to explore the universe.
Astronomers pursue knowledge and understanding of the underlying processes at work in the universe through physics. The core of the degree is therefore an Institute of Physics accredited honours BSc qualification.
Students gain hands-on experience using professional astronomical telescopes, including UCD’s ‘Watcher’ robotic telescope in South Africa. Space instrumentation and data analysis, including programming, form part of the laboratory training.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
- The space sector demands a highly skilled workforce. There are opportunities for graduates to work with major space agencies, such as ESA and NASA, or with space companies. Since the Physics with Astronomy & Space Science degree is an accredited Physics degree, graduates are also qualified to go into medical physics, meteorology, semiconductor technology, energy, ICT and finance.
- Graduates may apply for MSc programmes such as Space Science & Technology. They may also pursue research through PhD programmes in Ireland and abroad in many fields of physics.
Programme StructureCourses included:
- Astronomy & Space Science
- Optional Science modules
- Elective module
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , National
DisciplinesPhysics Astronomy & Space Sciences View 47 other Bachelors in Physics in Ireland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Applicants presenting the Irish Leaving Certificate (established) must have six recognised subjects, selected according to course requirements, and must obtain Grade H5, or better, in two subjects and Grade O6/H7, or better, in the remaining four subjects. For all courses in UCD, this must include Irish (unless exempt) and English.
- Irish, EU and EFTA students* are eligible to apply for admission to all undergraduate courses and apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO):
- For very high demand courses, a numerus clausus for EU applicants applies (i.e. based on the proportion of applicants achieving top grades from the various cohorts).
International27720 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 27720 EUR per year during 48 months.
EU/EEA7220 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 7220 EUR per year during 48 months.
Living costs for Dublin
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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