Postgraduate
MSc Microscopy and Imaging

NUI Galway

Course Overview


The visualization and interpretation of a sample under the microscope is a fundamental skill required for research today. This new exciting programme will provide graduates with a highly marketable and transferable combination of skills required for academic, industrial, public and private sectors.

Based in the Center for Microscopy and Imaging, a multidisciplinary collaborative team which are involved in many aspects of basic science and medical research will deliver the course. This MSc programme aims to up-skill participants with practical hands-on microscopy and imaging techniques, associated sample preparations skills and analysis. Currently, it is the only programme of its kind being offered by an Irish University. In this multidisciplinary field where biology, physics, medicine, engineering and communication skills are brought together and are valued in many areas of employment and research including basic science, biomedical engineering and industry. This course aims to provide training for applied roles such as laboratory managers, technical staff positions, sales or product development, service laboratories of universities, or health-related institutes. It will also serve to assist with the progression of students to further education. Microscopy, related sample preparation skills, and analysis are now an essential component of the majority of biological science research projects and a necessity for high impact publications. Most modules will have associated laboratory or practical components which will develop the students’ knowledge of cutting edge microscopy practices and techniques. Students will also learn translational skills which may be applied in the work force.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

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?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

15-20

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 15,200

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • Microscopy, related sample preparation skills, and analysis are now an essential component of the majority of biological science research projects and a necessity for high impact publications.
  • Students will also learn translational skills which may be applied in the work force.
  • Graduates of the programme may enter the workforce either in technical or research roles within hospitals, universities or industry in Ireland.
  • Participants may choose to progress to further education or research and undertake a PhD.

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

Candidates must hold at least an upper second class honors primary degree (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent qualification) in relevant biological or biomedical sciences, physical sciences or engineering field. Graduates with a Level 7 degree and who can demonstrate that they have at least 2–3 years relevant experience in research or industry may also be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency as per university guidelines. A personal statement of approximately 500 words and a curriculum vitae (CV) must be supplied on application, along with academic transcripts. Candidates will be selected based on examination records, previous relevant experience, and personal statement. Candidates may be requested to deliver a short presentation on a topic provided by the selection committee and course coordinators. Short listed candidates may be invited for interview.

English Requirements

Medicine (No less than 6.5 in any Component)
[This requirement applies to incoming first year students only]
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

Modules are assessed by examinations at the end of Semester One and Semester Two and/or by continuous assessment. A variety of different assessment strategies are used, including written examinations, laboratory practicals and mini-project reports, assignments, data-handling exercises, experimental reasoning, essays, posters, oral presentations and a research project thesis must also be submitted.

Career Prospects


Graduates of the programme may enter the workforce either in technical or research roles within hospitals, universities or industry in Ireland. In addition, participants may choose to progress to further education or research and undertake a PhD.

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