Course Overview

Key Enabling Technologies are recognised by the European Union to be the building blocks for future product and process technologies. Europe’s future competitiveness depends on how its labour force will apply and master the fusion of two or more key enabling technologies on advanced manufacturing test-beds. This interdisciplinary programme prepares technologists for this societal challenge.

The six key enabling technologies are:

  • Photonics
  • Advanced Materials
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Micro- / Nano- electronics

The MSc programme provides students with structured training in Scalable Innovation and Laser-enabled bioprinting. This training is underpinned by advanced courses in Optical Design, Advanced Materials, and Tissue Engineering.  The programme is particularly focused on digital additive and subtractive processes—targeting personalised medical devices and sensors—pivotal for addressing future key healthcare challenges. Students will gain hands on experience on state of the art manufacturing research platforms enabling them to demonstrate their research potential.

The programme is an ideal opportunity for launching a career in research for industry or academia; it is informed by the goals of three key Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres, CÚRAM Centre for Medical Devices, I-FORM Centre in Advanced Manufacturing and the IPIC Centre in Photonics Technologies.  

Strategic Focus 2018–19

Students work on individual research projects aligned with a team-based challenge. All projects will converge towards the central theme encompassing the application of multiple key enabling technologies to create electrically, optically and thermally activated medical device concepts using an additive (inkjet & spray) and subtractive (laser) advanced manufacturing test-bed.

Applicants interested in the integration of flexible microfluidics, with laser-enabled printed electronics and soft biomaterials, are particularly encouraged to apply for academic year 2018–19. The programme is ideally suited to a career in biomedical engineering science.

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New Development for 2018–19

Proposed new Science Foundation Ireland funded Laser-Enabled Additive and Subtractive Pilot Manufacturing Test-bed, to be commission July 2018–2019, on which future MSc training will be undertaken.

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Programmes Available

Structured MSc, full-time 1 year
Structured MSc, part-time 2 years
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

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Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Students with a 2.1 honours degree, or higher, in science or engineering (Level 8) will be considered for this programme.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Advanced Manufacturing (Printed biomaterials, Printed biomaterials, Bioprinting, Laser based Manufacture, Future medical device manufacturing) 

Photonics (Laser material interactions, Laser ablation, Laser curing, Laser sintering, Optical design, Spectroscopy, Imaging, Laser tissue interactions)

Nanotechnologies (Nanostructured surfaces, Thin nanometre-thick films, Nanowires, Bio-nano-interactions, Nanomaterials, Nanoparticles)

Advanced materials (Biomaterials, thin films, Polymers, Composites, Chemical synthesis, Biomechanics, Soft condensed matter, Aerosols)

Industrial Biotechnology (Stem cell manufacture, Biodiagnostics, Medical devices, Pharmaceuticals, Infectious diseases)

Nano-/ Micro Electronics (Large area electronics, Printed electrodes, Organic light emitted diodes, Printed conductors, Transparent conductive layers, Material properties, Processes & applications, Sensor / equipment development)

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Course Outline

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
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Module
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Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
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Required Core Subject
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Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Optional PH430: Biophotonics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional PH502: Scientific Programming Concepts - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MP410: Non-Linear Elasticity - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME518: Composite Materials - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional PH424: Electromagnetism and Special Relativity - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional PH422: Solid State Physics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BME500: Advanced Biomaterials - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME516: Advanced Mechanics of Materials - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GS536: Communication & Outreach - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GS511: Research Placement 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GS502: Journal Club Programme - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GS513: Research Placement 2 - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GS530: Graduate Research Information Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME431: Systems Reliability - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE445: Digital Signal Processing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE411: Power Electronics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional CT475: Machine Learning & Data Mining - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BES519: Scientific Writing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional BES508: Project Management, Experimental Design & Data Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BES503: Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional AN506: Anatomy 2 - Gross Anatomy - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GS518: Industry Placement 3 - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GS517: Industry Placement 2 - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GS516: Industry Placement 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional GS514: Research Placement 3 - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ELP650: Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional AN505: Anatomy 1 - Histology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional PH5108: Graduate Workshop on Key Enabling Technologies - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional PH5116: Scalable Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional PH506: Principles of Optical Design & Image Formation - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PH504: High Performance Computing and Parallel Programming - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MP491: Non Linear Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MP365: Fluid Mechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME572: Human Reliability - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PH508: Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School (BIGSS) - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PH429: Nanotechnology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PH425: Lasers and Spectroscopy - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PH423: Applied Optics and Imaging - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional BME502: Advanced Tissue Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional GS507: Statistical Methods for Research - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional UL_PH5093: Advanced Characterisation Techniques - Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME426: Turbomachines and Advanced Fluid Dynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE442: Advanced Power Electronics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CH508: Nanobiomaterials - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CH505: Masterclass: Quantitative analysis of solid-state pharmaceuticals - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CH503: Masterclass in Carbohydrate Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional BI504: Advanced Molecular Cell Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional AN507: Stereology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE449: Power, Machines & Control - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE502: Bioinstrumentation Design - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional GS506: Teaching & Learning - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EP526: Monitoring for Health Hazards at Work - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EP525: Lasers and Applications - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE590: Reconfigurable System on Chip (rSoC) Design - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PH5115: Laser-enabled bioprinting - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PH5109: Research Project - 60 Credits - Semester 2

Research Areas

Students can participate in the following areas of interest:

Advanced Manufacturing (Printed biomaterials, Printed biomaterials, Bioprinting, Laser based Manufacture, Future medical device manufacturing) 

Photonics (Laser material interactions, Laser ablation, Laser curing, Laser sintering, Optical design, Spectroscopy, Imaging, Laser tissue interactions)

Nanotechnologies (Nanostructured surfaces, Thin nanometre-thick films, Nanowires, Bio-nano-interactions, Nanomaterials, Nanoparticles)

Advanced materials (Biomaterials, thin films, Polymers, Composites, Chemical synthesis, Biomechanics, Soft condensed matter, Aerosols)

Industrial Biotechnology (Stem cell manufacture, Biodiagnostics, Medical devices, Pharmaceuticals, Infectious diseases)

Nano-/ Micro Electronics (Large area electronics, Printed electrodes, Organic light emitted diodes, Printed conductors, Transparent conductive layers, Material properties, Processes & applications, Sensor / equipment development)

Publications with major contributions by students undertaking the MSc in Key Enabling Technologies

The following recent peer review publications were enabled by students undertaking the MSc Programme in Key Enabling Technologies

Keenan, E., Gethin, G., Flynn L., Watterson, D., O'Connor, G.M. Enhanced thermal imaging of wound tissue for better clinical decision making Physiological Measurement, 38(6) 2017 1104-1115

Nieto, D., McGlynn, P., de la Fuente, M.,  Lopez-Lopez, R.,  O’Connor, G.M., Laser microfabrication of a microheater chip for cell culture outside a cell incubator, In Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Volume 154, 2017, Pages 263-269

Collins AR, Fitzpatrick MA, Trollat J-L, Olenick K, Olenick J, O'Connor GM. Mechanically inspired laser scribing of thin brittle materials. J Am Ceram Soc. 2017: 100:5318–5326. 

 

Researcher Profiles

  • Gerard O’Connor, programme director, expertise in Photonics, Advanced Manufacturing and Micro - Nano-Electronics.
  • Yury Rochev expertise in Advanced Materials and Industrial Biotechnology.
  • Manus Biggs expertise in Advanced Materials, Industrial Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.
  • Jessamyn Fairfield expertise in Nanotechnology, Micro - Nano-Electronics, and Advanced Materials.
  • Noel Harrison expertise in Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Materials.
  • Patricia Scully expertise in Photonics, Micro- / Nano-electronics and Advanced Manufacturing.  

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,800 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19

Contact Us

Dr. Gerard O'Connor, Vice Dean Grad Studies
College of Science, School of Physics
T: +353 91 492 513
E: gerard.oconnor@nuigalway.ie

 

Ciaran

Ciaran Feeney |   Manufacturing Engineer Valeo, Galway.

I decided to study the MSc (KETs) as the strong focus on research and independent laboratory work very much appealed to me. Throughout the programme I gained an appreciation for how research is translated into the processes used in the creation of products. It helped me to bridge the disconnect between how the experimental work I performed in my research impacts the end user application. I’ve found the MSc in KETs to have been massively beneficial as it has equipped me with the appropriate mindset in an industry where the need to need to apply the technology developed internally is crucial for staying competitive.

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