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Microscopy & Imaging

Your Course

This programme will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team associated with the Centre for Microscopy and Imaging who are involved in many aspects of current basic and medical research. 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. This MSc programme aims to up-skill participants with practical hands-on microscopy and imaging techniques, associated sample preparations skills and analysis.

A suite of core and optional modules (see online for more details) taught over semesters 1 and 2 will enable students to diversify and broaden their field of knowledge. Students will partake in a substantial research project over the summer months and will depart with translational skills which may then be applied in the work force.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. The visualisation and interpretation of a sample under the microscope is a fundamental skill required for research today.

2. This new exciting programme will provide graduates with a highly marketable and transferable combination of skills required for academic, industrial, public and private sectors.

3. Currently, it is the only programme of its kind being offered by an Irish university.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold at least an upper Second Class Honours 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 two to three years relevant experience in research or industry may also be considered. Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate Englishlanguage proficiency as per university guidelines.

Garda Vetting/Police Clearance: Would be desirable but not essential.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

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.

Further enquiries

Dr Kerry Thompson

T: +353 91 495 704


Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

CLOSING DATE: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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