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Optical Engineering

ME Optical Engineering
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
Between 2014 and 2016 Ireland outpaced the EU28 in the industrial sector of Computer, Electronic, Optical and Electronic Equipment, with an increase of over 56% in net sales value from an already high base. Optical technologies play key roles in many areas including biomedical imaging, astronomy, quality control, security, sensing and telecommunications (most obviously with the introduction of multi-camera mobile phones).

Very exciting innovative technologies are rapidly emerging, driven by the ability to display and capture large amounts of real time optical data. Optical engineers are involved in identifying and designing these systems, with the aim of improving people's lives, generating employment and creating new business opportunities.

Course Description
-Delivered by a highly research intensive School holding 151-200 in the QS world subject rankings, this two-year programme provides 6-8 months professional work experience as an embedded element of the programme.

-You will gain an advanced understanding of a broad range of areas within optical engineering, such as biomedical signal processing, optoelectronics and biomedical imaging.

-Research project topics are spread across a wide range, but related to and drawing on the topics covered in the taught modules. Similarly, your work placement can involve a variety of roles in a range of different companies in the electronic and computer engineering field.

Vision & Values Statement
Hello, My name if Professor John Sheridan. I head the Masters in Optical Engineering program here in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin.

The reason UCD decided to set up this masters program was because of repeated requests, from colleagues in universities and industry, to supply graduates capable of tackling the challenges arising in today's cutting edge man/machine interfaces.

You are all certainly familiar with mobile phone technology, and virtual, mixed and augmented reality systems.

All of these necessitate the solution of problems involving image capture, processing and display.

Understanding how optical systems work and how we can interact optimally with such systems will dominate much of the next 20 years of engineering activity.

Currently companies such as Apple, Google, Huawei and Microsoft have dedicated international teams of engineers working on how best to integrate smart optical systems with AI and cloud-based computing to achieve improvements in healthcare provision, driverless cars and robotics.

We would like you to want to be part of this revolution, a revolution that will affect the lives of every person on this planet and one having significant economic potential.

Your two years masters program includes lectures from leaders in the fields of optics, electronics, physics, computer science and bio-engineering.

You will undertake both core modules and be helped choose from a range of interdisciplinary module so you can tailor your educational experiences to your desires and need.

As part of your masters degree you will work on a project supervised by a leading researcher. It is our aim that your project work be of sufficient quality to be presentable at an international conference.

With our assistance you will apply for and be interviewed to work for up to 6 months as an intern in a company in Ireland or abroad.

We will provide you with every assistance to become the very best and the most successful you can be.

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) in Electrical, Electronic, Computer or Optical Engineering with minimum 2:1 award or international equivalent

Duration

2 years full-time

Number of credits

120

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
There are excellent job opportunities for optical engineers in the display, lighting, virtual reality, robotic and drone areas. It is a large and expanding area.

Established employers in Ireland include both multinationals and indigenous companies, e.g. Andor, Carl Zeiss, Huawei, Intel/Movidius, Qualcomm, and Sensl, to name but a few.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katie O'Neill
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 1781

Subjects taught

Stage 1 Core
Optoelectronics
EEEN40640

Stage 1 Option
Numerical Algorithms
ACM40290
Hyperspectral imaging
BSEN40500
Optical Sensing Technology
BSEN40520
Nanomaterials Chemistry
CHEM40870
Software Engineering (ME)
COMP41670
Data Science in Python (MD)
COMP47670
Electromagnetic Waves
EEEN30030
Signal Processing: Theory and Applications
EEEN30050Signals and Systems
EEEN30110
Modelling and Simulation
EEEN30150
Biomedical Signal Processing
EEEN30160
Control Theory
EEEN40010
Neural Engineering
EEEN40070
Advanced Signal Processing
EEEN40130
ME Prof. Work Exp. (Short)
EEEN40200
ME Prof. Work Exp. (Long)
EEEN40210
Entrepreneurship in Engineering
EEEN40300
Optimisation Techniques for Engineers
EEEN40580
Optical Engineering
EEEN40630
Materials Science and Engineering III
MEEN40040
Professional Engineering (Management)
MEEN40430
Optics & Lasers
PHYC30080
Applied Optics
PHYC40210
Biophysics at the Nanoscale and Nanodevices
PHYC40480
Introduction to Image Analysis in Matlab
RDGY30440
Medical Imaging (Clin/Res)
RDGY30520
Quantitative Methods for Engineers
STAT40690

Stage 2 Core
Biomedical Imaging
EEEN40620
ME Project (Optical)
EEEN40650

Stage 2 Option
Numerical Algorithms
ACM40290
Biological Imaging
BIOL40560
Biological Imaging
BMOL40180
Hyperspectral imaging
BSEN40500
Optical Sensing Technology
BSEN40520
Nanomaterials Chemistry
CHEM40870
Data Science in Python (MD)
COMP47670
Electromagnetic Waves
EEEN30030
Signal Processing: Theory and Applications
EEEN30050
Modelling and Simulation
EEEN30150
Neural Engineering
EEEN40070
Advanced Signal Processing
EEEN40130
Optimisation Techniques for Engineers
EEEN40580
Optical Engineering
EEEN40630
Materials Science and Engineering III
MEEN40040
Professional Engineering (Management)
MEEN40430
Optics & Lasers
PHYC30080
Applied Optics
PHYC40210
Nanooptics and biophotonics
PHYC40400
Nanomechanics - from single molecules to single cells
PHYC40430
Biophysics at the Nanoscale and Nanodevices
PHYC40480
Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy for Bionanoscience
PHYC40560
Space Detector Laboratory (10)
PHYC40870
Introduction to Image Analysis in Matlab
RDGY30440
Medical Imaging (Clin/Res)
RDGY30520
Quantitative Methods for Engineers
STAT40690

Comment

Student Internships
The Professional Work Experience (PWE) module is incorporated into the two-year Masters of Engineering Programme and is designed to integrate a student's academic and career interests with practical work experience for a 6-8 month period.

The module provides students with the perfect opportunity to gain increased experience and understanding of their chosen field, assess where their strengths and weaknesses lie and maximise their knowledge of the available career possibilities. The practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.

Facilities and Resources
Modules are taught by faculty-engaged, leading-edge research, working in collaboration with nationally and internationally known industrial and academic researchers.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
ME Optical Engineering FT (T319)
Duration 2 Years Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

ME Optical Engineering (T319) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 8085
EU Year 2 - € 8085 aa
nonEU Year 1 - € 25600
nonEU Year 2 - € 25600 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20
***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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