MSc Key Enabling Technologies

NUI Galway

Course Overview

Key Enabling Technologies are recognized by the European Union to be the building blocks for future product and process technologies. Europe’s future competitiveness depends on how its labor 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 personalized 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.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?


What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places


Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 20,750

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • The six key enabling technologies are: Photonics, Advanced Materials, Industrial Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, Micro- / Nano- electronics

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

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

English Requirements

Science/Engineering (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects


Strategic Focus 19 – 20: 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.

New Development 19 – 20: 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.