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Innovative Technology

The Masters in Innovative Technology Engineering degree aims to produce graduates with strong skills in critical thinking and with a creative attitude necessary to instigate future developments in the field of Engineering Technology. The student will attain an academic mastery in their specialisation field while developing a broad knowledge of other related fields and how these converge.

The student will embark on a programme that will assess and analyse a number of emerging technologies and the developing potential for the convergence of these technologies. The course aims to prepare students for a rewarding career in industry or academic research. In addition, the course will facilitate for them the development of a set of personal and professional attributes that will allow them greater flexibility in the development of their own career options. The programme is designed to develop the student’s knowledge and skills in strategies for innovation management, product design and development and optimum routes to market. The student will also carry out post-graduate level research of industrial relevance in selected topic areas.

The Masters degree requires successful completion of six mandatory modules and four out of eight elective modules. The student must also complete an applied programme consisting of a Research Dissertation and an Industrial Research seminar series.

Entry requirements

The normal minimum expected entry requirement for the MSc in Innovative Technology Engineering will be a cognate accredited NFQ Level 8 Honours 2.2. Engineering or Science Degree.

Entry to the programmes may also be allowed via the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on an individual case-by-case basis. This robust RPL process demonstrates that the candidate’s prior learning (education and experiential) has achieved outcomes commensurate with accredited Level 8 programme outcomes. Each RPL applicant must submit of a portfolio of evidence that maps the prior learning against the required Level 8 outcomes. This portfolio is reviewed by the Joint Programme Leaders and Head of Department and is supplemented by an interview.

International Students
International Students are advised to contact the WIT International Office before submitting an application via PAC. The International Office staff will give guidelines on how to apply and use PAC. The International also assists the Joint Programme Leaders and the Head of Department in their assessment of each International applicant’s educational qualifications and suitability for the programme.

This includes a detailed review of all relevant documentation and in many cases interviews (e.g. via Skype). Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.

Engineers Ireland
The MSc in Innovative Technology Engineering programme is at NFQ Level 9 and has been designed to meet the accreditation standard of Engineers Ireland at Chartered level. Candidates who enter the programme with the relevant Level 8 qualification accredited by Engineers Ireland or recognised under the Washington Accord will have fully satisfied the education requirement for Chartered Engineer status on graduation with the MSc in Innovative Technology Engineering*.

However, it is important to note that those candidates (Irish and/or International) who enter via the RPL process or have a degree qualification that is not accredited by Engineers Ireland/ Washington Accord will have to subsequently confirm with Engineers Ireland on a case-by-case basis if they have fully met the education requirement for Chartered Engineer.

Duration

1 - 2 years.
Course Codes:
The full-time and part-time mode have different course codes so please ensure you use the correct code when applying:
• WD555: MSc in Innovative Technology Engineering (Full-Time)
• WD557: MSc in Innovative Technology Engineering (Part-Time)

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities for graduates of this programme can be found in the
• Medical Devices,
• Pharmaceutical,
• Green Technology,
• Information and Communications Technology,
• New Business Development and Academic Research sectors.

Typical job functions include
• Design Engineer,
• Research Engineer,
• Project Engineer,
• Project Manager,
• Technical Manager,
• New Technologies Manager,
• New Product Development Manager,
• New Business Venture consultant and many others.

Further enquiries

Course Leader(s)
Dr. Austin Coffey
Phone: +353(0)51 302090
Email: acoffey@wit.ie

Dr. John O'Dwyer
Email: jodwyer@wit.ie

Subjects taught

Core Modules:
• Strategic Technological Innovation
• Nanotechnology
• Biomedical Science
• Green Technology and Alternative Energy Sources
• Convergent Technologies for Biomedical and Electro-Mechanical Applications
• Novel Materials: Their Properties and Exploitation
• Industrial Research 2
• Dissertation

Elective Modules (a selection of these will be offered each semester)
• Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs
• Mechanics of Materials
• Control Engineering
• Technology Management
• New Product Development Strategy
• Product Design & Development
• Cognitive Technologies
• Entrepreneurship

Application date

Closing Date: 30/September/2017

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