Course Overview

This master's programme 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 Structured MSc.

Click for more information on the MSc Astronomical Instrumentation.

 

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System. Candidates are required to provide full CV and personal statement and the names of two academic references.

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 in physics or relevant engineering discipline. Candidates are required to provide full CV and personal statement and the names of two academic references.


Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year

Next start date

1 September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

12

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

Course code

1AIT1, full-time; 1AIT2, part-time

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 master's 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

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,450 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€7,226 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€20,750 p.a. 2021/22

Further information on postgraduate funding opportunities and scholarships can be found here.

Find out More

Dr Nicholas Devaney,
School of Physics.
T: +353 91 495 188
E: nicholas.devaney@nuigalway.ie

Downloads

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)