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NanoBio Science

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)
You will gain interdisciplinary skills in NanoBio Science. You will learn experimental, computational, and theoretical techniques to produce, control, analyze and image biostructures at the nanoscale. 

Interdisciplinary NanoBio Science for Research and Industry
Experimental and Theoretical Excellence
World-Class Academic Team

Vision and Values Statement

This Graduate Certificate (GCert) is a subset of the modules that comprise the MSc in NanoBio Science (T149). This 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. The course is delivered via lectures, practical/laboratory work, seminars, project and problem-solving work and aims to advance the development of team and self-directed learning skills.Our students will be endowed with professional values including scientific integrity and ethical behaviour.

Programme Outcomes

Describe the state-of-the art knowledge and skills in NanoBio Science.

Apply knowledge gained and skills developed to specific fundamental or industrial problems.

Use the underlying physics of the field to find, assess and use up-to-date information in order to guide progress.

Draw on a suite of transferrable skills including critical thinking, problem solving, scientific report writing, communication skills, team-work, independent work, professional networking and project management.

Students should also have developed their ethical behaviour including critical thinking, understanding of arguments and consequences, and scientific integrity

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.


10 months, full time T205
2 years, part time T174

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Brian VohnsenContact
Number:+353 (0)1 716 2217

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Nanooptics and biophotonics

Physics of nanomaterials

Nanomechanics - from single molecules to single cells

Computational Biophysics and Nanoscale Simulations

Biophysics at the Nanoscale and Nanodevices

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Cert NanoBio Science FT (T205)
Duration 10 Months
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

Grad Cert NanoBio Science PT (T174)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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