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Astronomical Instrumentation - Structured Master's: Research

The Course

It is an exciting time for research in both ground-based and space-based Astronomy, with our understanding of the universe advancing at an unprecedented pace. This revolution is happening thanks to the use of many different advanced technologies, including adaptive optics, interferometry and large telescopes. This development will accelerate in the coming years with the construction of 'Extremely Large Telescopes', and new Space Telescopes as well as their highly complex suites of instruments. This course has been specifically designed to launch students into careers in this field. As a structured master's it will include mandatory modules in Astronomical Instrumentation, modern astrophysical discoveries and optics as well as a choice of modules in engineering and transferable skills. Students will also carry out a year-long research project, developing their capacity to carry out research at postgraduate level.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. This is an exciting new graduate degree, with new modules in astronomical instrumentation and modern astrophysics.

2. Together with thesis research the couse will introduce students to cutting-edge advances in astronomical research.

3. The combination of advanced modules and research will effectively bridge the gap between undergraduate study and a PhD.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

2.1 Degree in Physics or relevant Engineering discipline. Candidates are required to provide full CV and personal statement and the names of two academic references.


1 year

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

Astronomical instrumentation uses and develops cutting-edge technology in electronics, optics, computing and mechanical structures. There is increasing demand for students and engineers who have an understanding of these technologies. This master's provides advanced courses, which, together with an instrumentationrelated research thesis, will train students to a high level in these areas. Graduates of the MSc programme will be in demand by national and international technological industries as well as by research institutes, observatories and university research groups.

Further enquiries

Dr Nicholas Devaney

T: +353 91 495 188


Application date

1AIT1, full-time; 1AIT2, part-time.

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

Closing Date: Typically at the end of June, although late applications may be considered if places are available.

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