Course Overview

This Masters will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the technology used in modern astronomical observatories through taught courses and a research project. It will prepare students to effectively carry out PhDs in either the development of new astronomical instrumentation or in the use of data and images from these facilities. A combination of core modules on astronomical instrumentation, as well as transferable skills and specific engineering modules in technologies such as computing, electronics and control will also enhance the employability of graduates of this Masters.

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Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Staff members of The Centre for Astronomy and the Applied Optics group, both under the School of Physics.


Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

2.1 Degree or higher in Physics or relevant Engineering field(level 8). Students with a 2.1 grade from year 3 of the BSc or BEng programme at NUI Galway will be given a provisional offer of a place on the programme. Students from other Universities with similar grades in similar Science or Engineering disciplines will also be given a provisional offer. 

Additional Requirements


1 year (September to September)

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Course Outline

The 12 month programme will have a research project (60 ECTS) and taught components (30 ECTS). The taught component will consist of 30 credits of core modules specifically related to astronomical instrumentation. The remaining 30 credits correspond to modules in transferable skills (10 credits) plus Engineering modules relevant to astronomical instrumentation and astrophysics modules.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This Masters will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the technology used in modern astronomical observatories. As such graduates of the proposed MSc programme will in demand by national and international technological industries as well as by research institutes, observatories and University research groups. The combination of advanced modules and a research project leading to a thesis will also effectively bridge the gap between undergraduate study and a PhD.

Who’s Suited to This Course

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,800 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17
Further information on postgraduate funding opportunities and scholarships can be found here

Find out More

 Dr. Nicholas Devaney

School of Physics,

NUI, Galway

TF: 091 495188