Course Overview

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

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.  

Strategic Focus 2018–19

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.

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New Development for 2018–19

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.

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Programmes Available

Structured MSc, full-time 1 year
Structured MSc, part-time 2 years
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

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Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

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

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

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)

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Course Outline

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Research Areas

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)

Publications with major contributions by students undertaking the MSc in Key Enabling Technologies

The following recent peer review publications were enabled by students undertaking the MSc Programme in Key Enabling Technologies

Keenan, E., Gethin, G., Flynn L., Watterson, D., O'Connor, G.M. Enhanced thermal imaging of wound tissue for better clinical decision making Physiological Measurement, 38(6) 2017 1104-1115

Nieto, D., McGlynn, P., de la Fuente, M.,  Lopez-Lopez, R.,  O’Connor, G.M., Laser microfabrication of a microheater chip for cell culture outside a cell incubator, In Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Volume 154, 2017, Pages 263-269

Collins AR, Fitzpatrick MA, Trollat J-L, Olenick K, Olenick J, O'Connor GM. Mechanically inspired laser scribing of thin brittle materials. J Am Ceram Soc. 2017: 100:5318–5326. 

 

Researcher Profiles

  • Gerard O’Connor, programme director, expertise in Photonics, Advanced Manufacturing and Micro - Nano-Electronics.
  • Yury Rochev expertise in Advanced Materials and Industrial Biotechnology.
  • Manus Biggs expertise in Advanced Materials, Industrial Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.
  • Jessamyn Fairfield expertise in Nanotechnology, Micro - Nano-Electronics, and Advanced Materials.
  • Noel Harrison expertise in Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Materials.
  • Patricia Scully expertise in Photonics, Micro- / Nano-electronics and Advanced Manufacturing.  

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,215 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€17,750 p.a. 2019/20

Contact Us

Dr. Gerard O'Connor, Vice Dean Grad Studies
College of Science, School of Physics
T: +353 91 492 513
E: gerard.oconnor@nuigalway.ie

 

Ciaran

Ciaran Feeney |   Manufacturing Engineer Valeo, Galway.

I decided to study the MSc (KETs) as the strong focus on research and independent laboratory work very much appealed to me. Throughout the programme I gained an appreciation for how research is translated into the processes used in the creation of products. It helped me to bridge the disconnect between how the experimental work I performed in my research impacts the end user application. I’ve found the MSc in KETs to have been massively beneficial as it has equipped me with the appropriate mindset in an industry where the need to need to apply the technology developed internally is crucial for staying competitive.
Lisa

Lisa Faherty |   Research Assistant, School of Physics, NUI Galway

After graduating from my undergraduate degree I knew I had a strong interest in the medical devices but didn’t know how to enter the area. The MSc. KETS programme seemed like a perfect fit. Through my project I discovered a great interest in the area of additive manufacturing and I gained experience and knowledge in advanced manufacturing and characterization techniques. I enjoyed the ability to take a recently purchased spray coating system and investigate its strength and weaknesses.
Darren

Darren Molloy |   Project Leader, Amatech Corporation

During the course, I found that the level of practical experience working in the high-tech environment greatly beneficial. The course has a strong focus on innovation and working in an industry-style setting. The work placement module provided opportunities to meet and connect with companies related to my career. I am now a project leader for the R&D department and feel more equipped to handle the challenges of the job. I have been able to incorporate new methods and processes that were developed through the MSc programme.
Maureen

Maureen Fitzpatrick |   Engineer, Analog Devices

I was fairly indecisive about which career path I wanted to pursue upon finishing my undergrad at McMaster University (Canada). I knew I was passionate about photonics and taking on a postgraduate degree in the field was definitely on the cards, but I was nervous about not going into industry and getting experience in a workplace. The MSc KETs programme; was the perfect compromise –a one year programme to attain a research Master’s enabling me to discover my research potential in the most efficient manner available. The research Master’s definitely helped me realise that if desired, I felt I was capable of taking on a PhD. However, despite being awarded a prestigious Irish Research Council Enterprise PhD Scholarship, I decided to take a position as an electronics engineer at Analog Devices in Limerick.
Peter

Peter McGlynn |   PhD Researcher, CÚRAM Medical Devices, NUI Galway

The course appealed to me as the research is driven by innovative and competitive strategies which were studied during the programme; this provides significance to the work being carried out and has provided me with knowledge to succeed in industry. The project involved the use of various advanced laser and characterisation systems for the fabrication of a microheater platform. It gave me the chance to work in collaboration with esteemed researchers in Spain where the platform was investigated for cell culture applications. The work carried out during the programme lead to a collaborative research publication and established a funded PhD research opportunity which now allows me to continue research into manufacturing techniques for the medical device industry.

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