Award Type and NFQ level : RESEARCH PH.D. (10)

CAO/PAC code : MHL02 (FT)

CAO Points :

Research degrees in Experimental Physics typically include a mixture of course modules and original research work, which may involve laboratory investigations and computational studies.

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time

September (or other agreed time)

First-class or upper second-class (2.1) honours undergraduate degree in Physics, or equivalent.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

Please see the departmental website for the current research interests of staff

Dr Neil Trappe
Submillimetre Astronomy

Dr Créidhe O’Sullivan
Cosmic Microwave Background Astronomy

Dr Peter van der Burgt
Cluster Physics

Dr Frank Mulligan
Upper Atmospheric Physics

Dr Marcin Lukasz Gradziel
Computational and Experimental Validation of Terahertz Optics

Dr Emma Whelan
Star and Planet Formation

Dr Colm Bracken
Superconducting detectors, feeds, and readouts for astronomy


All students will be registered onto a Structured PhD Programme. Students need to pass a certain number of credits in course modules in addition to successful completion and examination of the thesis. The student’s original research as presented in the thesis is the sole means of assessment for the award of the degree.

PhD students must take a minimum of 30 credits in taught modules (15 in transferable modules and 15 in subject specific modules) and not exceed 90 credits in taught modules over the duration of their Structured PhD programme.

Course Duration: 4 years full-time

Research students at the Department of Experimental Physics gain expertise in specialized areas of experimental physics, computational physics or astrophysics during the course of their studies. This means that they are highly sought after by employers in a wide range of high-technology industries such as software engineering, micro-electronics, telecommunication engineering, scientific civil service, medical physics as well as those areas specifically requiring astrophysicists such as space science, satellite communications. A PhD degree is a prerequisite for careers in academia and industrial research.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHL02 Full-time

Prospective students must contact an appropriate member of staff to agree a research topic before applying through the PAC system.

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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