Structured Masters (Key Enabling Technologies)

College of Science,
School of Physics

Course overview

Research and teaching programmes in Science and Engineering at NUI Galway are integral to the six key enabling technologies (KETs) identified for the re-industrialisation of Europe. These include photonics, nanotechnology, advanced materials, micro- and nano-electronics, industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing. Multiple key enabling technologies are now recognised to be important building blocks of future advanced manufacturing platforms. This intensive structured MSc by research will provide students with advanced training in the application of these technologies in advanced additive and subtractive manufacturing pilot lines at NUI Galway.

Programmes available

Structured MSc, full-time 1 year
Structured MSc, part-time 2 years

Areas of interest

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)


Researcher profiles

The following academics have expressed interest in hosting projects. As the cross cutting KETs are integral to the programme, the list gives the academics name followed by (major KET, minor KET 1, minor KET2)

 Nicholas Devaney (Photonics, Industrial Biotechnology, Advanced manufacturing).

 Martin Leahy (Photonics, Industrial Biotechnology).

 Yury Rochev (Advanced Materials, Industrial Biotechnology).

 Alan Ryder (Photonics, Industrial Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing).

 Michel Destrade (Advanced Materials, Photonics).

 Giuseppe Zurlo (Advanced Materials, Industrial Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing). 

Martin Meere (Advanced Materials, Nano- micro- Electronics, Industrial Biotechnology).

Petri Piiroinen (Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing, Industrial Biotechnology).

Luca Ronconi (Industrial Biotechnology, Advanced Materials).

Peter Dockery (Photonics, Industrial Biotechnology). 

Alexander Goncharov (Photonics, Industrial Biotechnology).

Miriam Byrne (Nanotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing).

Manus Biggs (Advanced Materials, Micro - Nano-Electronics, Industrial Biotechnology)

Contact Us

Dr. Gerard O'Connor, Vice Dean Grad Studies
College of Science, School of Physics
T: +353 91 492 513


PAC code

GYR18, full-time
GYR19, part-time

Current project

All projects will converge towards the central theme encompassing the Application of multiple key enabling technologies to create an additive (inkjet & spray) and subtractive (laser) advanced (laser) advanced manufacturing pilot line. Special emphasis in 2016/17 will be on microfluidics, nanowires, and bioprinting.

Fees for this course

EU: €6,800 p.a. 2017/18

Non-EU: €13,750 p.a. 2017/18