Science Education with Physics

As a student of Science Education taking physics, you will gain the qualifications and practical experience needed to teach physics in any second level school. 

You will study the fundamentals of physics, and a second science subject (chemistry, biology, mathematics) to degree level.  At the same time you will study the formal theory of education, its philosophy, history, sociology, and psychology along with educational policy and curriculum issues. 

You will also learn practical techniques in preparation for classroom teaching, lesson planning and student assessment. The use of new technologies as a support for teaching and learning is a key element of the course. 

The table gives an outline of the course structure over the 4 years.  With two science subjects to degree level (Experimental Physics and 2nd subject in the table), you will have the option to pursue a career in science outside of education, should you wish to do so.


More information about Science Education in each of the four years can be found here.

MH212 Science (with Education)

Experimental Physics is taken with one other science subject, and with Education as the third subject.

Course requirements: Pass in a science subject, Mathematics, Irish and English.

Students taking this degree option will receive a thorough grounding in all the main areas of physics, and the course includes topics such as optics and lasers, electricity and magnetism, classical and relativistic mechanics, thermodynamics, quantum and particle physics, astrophysics, computational physics, instrumentation and interfacing, data analysis.

Facilities at Maynooth University are first class and include state-of-the-art undergraduate and research laboratories. The department has several optical, radio and cosmic-ray telescopes. An offer of placement on this course is subject to a satisfactory background check by the Central Garda Vetting Unit in accordance with the national priority of protecting the welfare of all children.