Science with Nanotechnology / Eolaíocht le Nanaitheicneolaíocht DT227

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Programme code: DT227

Qualification awarded: BSc (Science with Nanotechnology) Level 8 / BSc (Eolaíocht le Nanaitheicneolaíocht) Leibhéal 8
Duration of programme: 4 years
Type of programme: Honours Degree
Number of places: 15 approx.
Location: DIT Kevin Street

What is..Science with Nanotechnology?

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.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are built upon chemistry and physics. This degree is a solid science degree (physics and chemistry) but with a unique focus on nanoscience and nanotechnology.

What are my...Career Opportunities?

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.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

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.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may have access to a wide range of Masters Degrees and PhD Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Computational Studies
  • Science Technology & Society

Year Two

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Computational Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Entrepreneurial Studies

Year Three

  • Common Modules:
  • Nanoscience (Chemical & Spectroscopic Techniques for Nanoscience, Vacuum Techniques for Nanoscience)
  • Industrial Work Placement
  • Physics Major Option
  • Physics (Optics, Electromagnetism, Lasers, Condensed Matter, Quantum Physics) Chemistry (Physical Chemistry)
  • Chemistry Major Option
  • Chemistry (Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Regulatory Chemistry)
  • Physics (Quantum Physics)

Year Four

Common Modules:

  • Nanoscience (Semiconductor & Molecular Nanostructs. & Devices, Advanced Nanotechnology Topics)
  • Professional Development Skills (Invention, Innovation & Commercialisation) Nanotechnology Research Project
  • Physics Major Option
  • Physics (Electronics, Thermal Physics, Nuclear Radiation & Non-ionising Radiation, Quantum Physics of Solids, Lasers & Optical Communications,) Chemistry (Surface & Photochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Control & Environmental Legislation)
  • Chemistry Major Option
  • Chemistry (Surface & Photochemistry, Separation Science & Hyphenated Techniques, Advanced Analysis & polymer chemistry, Pharmaceutical Analysis & Drug Delivery, chemical control & environmental legislation)
  • Physics (Electronics, Quantum Physics of Solids)

Industrial Work Placement

DIT finds employment for each student in a relevant industry for a period of seven months (February - September) during Year 3 of the degree. This is designed to give the student workplace experience and skills and to provide them with further employment prospects. In the past students have been placed within national and international companies and facilities.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum No of





Minimum Grade in


English or Irish




Other Requirements

At least HC3 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Agricultural Science, Engineering, Technical Drawing, Technology or Design & Communication Graphics.


FETAC Level 5 Minimum Entry Requirements

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING AWARDS: CASLT/5M3807 Applied Science - Laboratory Techniques


C20139/5N1833 Mathematics, OR

Leaving Certificate Mathematics OB3

What our Students say!

Enjoyed the course from start to end

  • great hands on experience with plenty of lab practice and a work placement
  • Staff are friendly and helpful and know their nano

Further Information

School of Physics

T: 01 402 2856 (Dr. Gordon Chambers)




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