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University College Dublin: Nanotechnology

Institution University College Dublin View institution profile
Department UCD School of Physics
Telephone +353 1 716 8500
Study type Taught


Nanotechnology is an emerging sector, which covers many areas of both academic science and device design and innovation. Manipulating matter at the nanoscale has already led to new technology in many areas such as electronics, displays, sensors, and green technology. The design, fabrication and control of devices with nanoscale (billionth of a metre) dimensions, is an engine of innovation in almost every sector.

This course is suitable for graduates who wish to apply their degree expertise in the nanoscale science and related sectors. This specialisation is for students excited by the prospect of studying and researching in an interdisciplinary area, where physics, chemistry and engineering all come together.

Students help design their own curricula (negotiated structure) in this interdisciplinary programme with access to major technology platforms essential to the conduct of world-class cutting-edge research through the strength of the collaboration of the UCD School of Physics. This process takes both the educational track record and the career trajectory of the student into account. Staff from Intel Ireland will come to UCD during the year to speak with and advise students on the programme.

Study science and techniques that will contribute to the development of technology and devices such as single photon sources, solar cells, nanoelectronics and nanomaterials.

Highly relevant to the recruitment needs of industrial employers, particularly in the semiconductor, telecommunications and imaging sectors and for further PhD research

The programme prepares you for industry or further PhD research. Career opportunities include the semiconductor 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 photonics, nanotechnology and computational physics and nanoscience.

Prospective employers include Abbott, Allergan, Andor, Asylum Research, Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Carl-Zeiss Meditec, Covidien Imaging, Eblana Photonics, Intel, Intune Networks, Park Systems, Pharma-Bio Serv, Philips, and SensL.


University College Dublin


Why UCD?
University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Ranked in the top 1% of institutions worldwide, in the overall 2023 QS World University Rankings, UCD was named 181 in the world. 

UCD, Ireland’s Global University, is Ireland’s largest university. Established in 1854, the university has a student body of over 38,000 students with more than 9,500 international students drawn from 152 countries. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 12,000 graduate students; almost a quarter of whom are graduate research students.

Students are attracted to UCD by the strength …

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