NanoBio Science

The MSc in NanoBio Science at the UCD School of Physics is for students excited by the prospect of studying and researching in this emerging interdisciplinary area, where physics, chemistry, engineering and life sciences all come together.

- Interdisciplinary NanoBio Science for Research and Industry

- Experimental and Theoretical Excellence

- World-Class Academic Team

Vision and Values Statement
This MSc program provides a positive experience of nanobio science with state-of-the art applications in the nanoworld. The course is designed for applicants who have a strong background in physics, physical chemistry, engineering, material sciences or a related discipline with a significant physics, chemistry and/or mathematical content. The part time programme is aimed primarily at recent graduates from BSc programmes currently working or seeking employment in the area of NanoBio Science.

We encourage/educate our students to become active, lifelong and autonomous learners with broad opportunities for future employment in academic or industrial research, predictive modeling, analytics, informatics and nanoscale-related industry sectors.

Our students will become well-grounded in the fundamentals of modern Applied Physics topics with an appreciation of more specialised knowledge and the current frontiers of research.Students will develop an understanding of the structure, function and regulation of biological systems at the nanoscale and in real time. This requires nanometre and femtosecond (quadrillionth of a second) technologies that will ultimately lead to devices and techniques that mimic those found in nature, such as high-efficiency solar cells based on photosynthetic processes and adaptive biocompatible materials for regenerative medicine. Our inter-disciplinary learning environment relies on staff with a deep level of expertise and emphasises hands-on work through experimental, theoretical or computational work via a research module that is a large part of the MSc programme. Students and staff have access to major technology platforms essential to the conduct of world-class cutting-edge research. Students are prepared for the reasearch project via lectures, practical/laboratory work, seminars, and the advancement of team and self-directed learning skills, project and problem-solving work. Our students will be endowed with professional values including scientific integrity and ethical behaviour.

The graduates from this programme should be familiar with a range of advanced experimental, analytical and data analysis technologies (including software packages, methods and algorithms) and interfacing between physical-based modelling and applied (e.g., biomedical or material science) systems.

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Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Nanooptics and biophotonics PHYC40400
Physics of nanomaterials PHYC40410
Nano mechanics - from single molecules to single cells PHYC40430
Computational Biophysics and Nanoscale Simulations PHYC40470
Biophysics at the Nanoscale and Nanodevices PHYC40480
Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy for Bionanoscience PHYC40560
Physics Research Project 45PHYC40850
Ultrafast Soft X-ray Photonics PHYC40930
Bio-inspired technologies PHYC40940

Stage 1 Option
Creative Thinking & Innovation IA40310

Entry requirements

- This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Material Science or a related discipline. An upper second class honours or international equivalent is required.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

- Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

How to Apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc NanoBio Science FT (T149)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




1 Year Full-Time.


MSc NanoBio Science (T149) Full Time
EU: fee per year - €8750
nonEU: fee per year - €25600

***Fees are subject to change.

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The programme prepares you for industry or further research. Career opportunities include the pharmaceutical industry, telecommunications, diagnostic imaging, green technologies and sensor applications, both in Ireland and internationally. It is also a stepping stone to PhD research in the areas of nanoscience, biophotonics and nanotechnology.

Prospective employers include Abbott, Alcon, Allergan, Bausch & Lomb, Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Eblana Photonics, Intel, Pfizer, Pharma-Bio Serv, Philips, and SensL.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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