Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and quantum mechanics, and has provided the foundations for many new technologies that have changed our lives: mobile phones, the internet, and MRIs are only a few examples of the physics-based technological developments that have revolutionized our world. Many physicists work as engineers, bringing with them unique insights and perspectives resulting from their training in physics.

Accredited degree courses on offer in the School of Physics encompass the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles and include topics ranging from the atmosphere and environment to medical physics. However, the importance of physics isn't limited to the "hard sciences". Increasingly, physicists are turning their talents to diverse fields such as molecular biology, archaeology, medicine, the arts and even the world of finance. In Galway, we have a strong tradition of providing "hands-on" degrees in Physics and our graduates are much in demand - you don't need to take our word for it: click here to meet the graduates!

Teaching in the School of Physics is strongly influenced by programs of advanced research and graduate education. These programs are based on our research clusters: Applied Optics & Laser Applications; Atmospheric and Environmental Physics; and the Centre for Astronomy. Access to the expertise and facilities of these clusters can be made available to industrial partners.

So physics is interesting, relevant, and it can prepare you for great jobs in a wide variety of places. Why not pursue a physics degree with us here in NUI, Galway and let us share our knowledge and enthusiasm with you? You can join this fascinating journey at any point in your career, please explore further by clicking on any of the options above

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  • Investigation of nanoscale structural alterations of cell nucleus as an early sign of cancer 

    Alexandrov, Sergey (BioMed Central, 2014)
    Background: The cell and tissue structural properties assessed with a conventional bright-field light microscope play a key role in cancer diagnosis, but they sometimes have limited accuracy in detecting early-stage cancers ...
  • Novel approach for label free super-resolution imaging in far field 

    Alexandrov, Sergey; McGrath, James; Hrebesh, Subhash; Leahy, Martin (Nature Publishing Group, 2015)
    Progress in the emerging areas of science and technology, such as bio- and nano-technologies, depends on development of corresponding techniques for imaging and probing the structures with high resolution. Recently, the ...
  • Nano-sensitive optical coherence tomography 

    Alexandrov, Sergey; Subhash, Hrebesh M.; Zam, Azhar; Leahy, Martin (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014)
    Depth resolved label-free detection of structural changes with nanoscale sensitivity is an outstanding problem in the biological and physical sciences and has significant applications in both the fundamental research and ...
  • Very High Energy Observations of Gamma-Ray Burst Locations with the Whipple Telescope 

    Lang, Mark; Gillanders, Gary; Horan, D.; Atkins, R. W.; Badran, H. M.; Blaylock, G.; Bradbury, S. M.; Buckley, J. H.; Byrum, K. L.; Celik, O.; Chow, Y. C. K.; Cogan, P.; Cui, W.; Daniel, M. K.; Perez, I. de la Calle; Dowdall, C.; Falcone, A. D.; Fegan, D. J.; Fegan, S. J.; Finley, J. P.; Fortin, P.; Fortson, L. F.; Gillanders, G. H.; Grube, J.; Gutierrez, K. J.; Hall, J.; Hanna, D.; Holder, J.; Hughes, S. B.; Humensky, T. B.; Kenny, G. E.; Kertzman, M.; Kieda, D. B.; Kildea, J.; Krawczynski, H.; Krennrich, F.; Lang, M. J.; LeBohec, S.; Maier, G.; Moriarty, P.; Nagai, T.; Ong, R. A.; Perkins, J. S.; Petry, D.; Quinn, J.; Quinn, M.; Ragan, K.; Reynolds, P. T.; Rose, H. J.; Schroedter, M.; Sembroski, G. H.; Steele, D.; Swordy, S. P.; Toner, J. A.; Valcarcel, L.; Vassiliev, V. V.; Wagner, R. G.; Wakely, S. P.; Weekes, T. C.; White, R. J.; Williams, D. A. (2007)
    Gamma-ray burst (GRB) observations at very high energies (VHE, E > 100 GeV) can impose tight constraints on some GRB emission models. Many GRB afterglow models predict a VHE component similar to that seen in blazars and ...
  • Tracking potential sources of peak ozone concentrations in the upper troposphere over the Arabian Gulf region. 

    Spohn, Teresa K. (Elsevier (Science Direct), 2014-11-13)
    In August 2013, the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), was the first to launch temporally highly resolved ozonesondes in the Middle East region. The data from 20 launches consistently show changes in ...
  • Multiwavelength Observations of the Previously Unidentified Blazar RX J0648.7+1516 

    Gillanders, Gary (2011)
    We report on the VERITAS discovery of very-high-energy (VHE) gamma- ray emission above 200 GeV from the high-frequency-peaked BL Lac object RXJ0648.7+1516 (GBJ0648+1516), associated with 1FGLJ0648.8+1516. The photon spectrum ...
  • Multiwavelength Observations of Markarian 421 in March 2001: an Unprecedented View on the X-ray/TeV Correlated Variability 

    Lang, Mark (2007)
    (Abridged) We present a detailed analysis of week-long simultaneous observations of the blazar Mrk421 at 2-60 keV X-rays (RXTE) and TeV gamma-rays (Whipple and HEGRA) in 2001. The unprecedented quality of this dataset ...
  • A Search for Dark Matter Annihilation with the Whipple 10m Telescope 

    Lang, Mark (2008)
    We present observations of the dwarf galaxies Draco and Ursa Minor, the local group galaxies M32 and M33, and the globular cluster M15 conducted with the Whipple 10m gamma-ray telescope to search for the gamma-ray signature ...
  • Nanosensitive optical coherence tomography for the study of changes in static and dynamic structures 

    Subhash, Hrebesh M.; Leahy, Martin (IOP Science, 2014-03-06)
    We briefly discuss the principle of image formation in Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). The theory of a new approach to improve dramatically the sensitivity of conventional OCT is described. The approach ...
  • Microcirculation imaging based on full-range high-speed spectral domain correlation mapping optical coherence tomography 

    Subhash, Hrebesh M.; Leahy, Martin (SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2014)
    Microcirculation imaging is a key parameter for studying the pathophysiological processes of various disease conditions, in both clinical and fundamental research. A full-range spectral-domain correlation mapping optical ...
  • Tissue viability imaging of skin microcirculation following exposure to Cold Air (-110°C) and Cold Water (8°C) 

    Leahy, Martin (CIAFEL, 2013)
    Cryotherapy is currently used in various clinical, rehabilitative and sporting settings. However, very little is known regarding the impact of cooling on the microcirculatory response. Objectives: The present study sought ...
  • Whitecaps and the marine atmosphere, report no. 6 

    Doyle, David M. (1984-06)
    This study is concerned with the interdependence of 10m elevation wind speed, oceanic whitecap coverage and marine aerosol concentration. The field work is divided into two distinct phases. On Inishmore Co. Galway. ...
  • Whitecaps and the marine atmosphere, report no. 3 

    Spillane, M. C.; O'Muircheartalgh, I.G.; Monahan, E.C. (1981-04)
    This report covers the period from 1 July, 1980 to 31 March, 1981, and is devoted to a description of the work carried out, and the results obtained, during this interval on the on-going ONR-sponsored study of "The Influence ...
  • Whitecaps and the marine atmosphere, report no. 8 

    Monahan, E. C. (1985-10)
    During the 12-month-long period covered by this report, i.e. in the 1 October 1984 - 30 September interval, all facets of the Whitecap Project progressed apace. The field work during this year included both international and ...
  • Whitecaps and the marine atmosphere, report no. 5 

    Monahan, E. C. (1983-06)
    During this year we have continued making measurements of aerosols and electrostatic charge from our coastal tower in Gort na gCapall on Inishmore. Likewise, the experiments centred on the Whitecap Simulation Tank are ...
  • Whitecaps and the marine atmosphere, report no. 7 

    Monahan, E. C. (1984-10)
    This report describes the general activities and findings of the Whitecap Project in the 16-month-long period 1 June 1983-30 September 1984. Additional results obtained during this period from this study of whitecaps ...
  • Accounting for the fringe magnetic field from the bending magnet in a Monte Carlo accelerator treatment head simulation 

    O' Shea, Tuathan P.; Foley, Mark J. (American Institute of Physics, 2011)
    Purpose: Monte Carlo (MC) simulation can be used for accurate electron beam treatment planning and modeling. Measurement of large electron fields, with the applicator removed and secondary collimator wide open, has been ...
  • Design and performance of a small-animal imaging system using synthetic collimation. 

    Havelin, R. J.; Foley, Mark J. (Institute of Physics, 2013-02-28)
    This work outlines the design and construction of a single-photon emission computed tomography imaging system based on the concept of synthetic collimation. A focused multi-pinhole collimator is constructed using ...
  • Characterization of an extendable multi-leaf collimator for clinical electron beams 

    O'Shea, Tuathan P.; Foley, Mark J. (Institute of Physics, 2011)
    An extendable x-ray multi-leaf collimator (eMLC) is investigated for collimation of electron beams on a linear accelerator. The conventional method of collimation using an electron applicator is impractical for conformal, ...
  • Monte Carlo commissioning of clinical electron beams using large field measurements 

    O'Shea, Tuathan P.; Foley, Mark J. (Institute Of Physics (IOP Publishing), 2010-07-21)
    Monte Carlo simulation can accurately calculate electron fluence at the patient surface and the resultant dose deposition if the initial source electron beam and linear accelerator treatment head geometry parameters are ...

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