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.
-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.