Laura Britton |   BSc Applied Physics

I have very fond memories of studying physics in NUIG and have made lifelong friends along the way. The undergraduate degree gave me a strong foundation in physics theory, and in particular I developed the confidence to be able to break any problem down into its fundamentals and solve with critical thinking. I went on to study a masters in Key Enabling Technologies in the NCLA department which really helped me to hone my research and practical skills. During the masters, I conducted research alongside an exciting start-up company here in the West of Ireland. I am currently employed by this company as a photonics researcher and we are in the process of developing a light-based treatment to remove sea lice from fish! I enjoy my work and every day I am challenged to use the creative problem solving skills that I developed during my time in NUIG.

Niall Flanagan |   BSc Applied Physics

I am currently working in the semiconductor industry with ASML, who supply photolithography machines which are used to mass produce computer chips. As a system install engineer I calibrate and qualify the machine at customer locations using intricate performance and diagnostic programs. A degree in Physics helped develop problem solving skills which enables me to look at a complex problem and solve it analytically and rationally. I also use learnings from modules like Lasers, Nanotechnology and Optics in solving issues daily.

Shauna Burke |   4th year BSc Biomedical Physics 2021

GY320 with Biomedical Physics is an excellent course for those with a strong interest in both Physics and Biology. The course itself is carefully structured; there is a good balance between theoretical work, laboratory experience, problem-solving, and programming. The maths and physics modules provided me with a strong foundation in a wide range of physics branches, such as electromagnetism, thermodynamics, optics, and nuclear physics. The biomedical modules were more specific, allowing us the chance to learn directly from lecturers who are working in University Hospital Galway. I found their insights and working knowledge invaluable, and they helped to ground the lecture material by providing real-world examples and experience. Overall, I would highly recommend this course to students who enjoy maths and physics and have a special affinity for biology and the medicinal field. My aim is to obtain an MSc in Medical Physics in order to further hone the analytical and research skills I learned in the BSc of Physics with Biomedical Physics, and hopefully go on to contribute to the innovative world of medical physics.

Emerald House |   MSc in Medical Physics

I work as a Medical Physicist in Galway University Hospitals. My work involves providing scientific support to the users of medical imaging equipment across all hospitals in the West of Ireland. Having completed my BSc in physics I loved the idea of working in a clinical environment and the MSc in Medical physics was the next step toward me reaching that goal. The practical and analytical skills gained from my studies are used on a daily basis in tasks that can vary from equipment performance testing to the research and development of new imaging techniques.

Darren Molloy |   Key Enabling Technology (Structured Masters)

During the course, I found that the level of practical experience working in the high-tech environment greatly beneficial. The course has a strong focus on innovation and working in an industry-style setting. The work placement module provided opportunities to meet and connect with companies related to my career. I am now a project leader for the R&D department and feel more equipped to handle the challenges of the job. I have been able to incorporate new methods and processes that were developed through the MSc programme.