The aim of this research is to understand the reasons for the under-representation of women within engineering and men within the Early Childhood sector. Numerous perspectives have been proposed including the lack of exposure to possible careers in STEM for females and ECEC for males. The lack of female role models in STEM and male role models in ECEC along with the societal and cultural expectations of men and women are also possible explanations (Bontempo, 2017). According to McGuire (2016), on average, only 6% of female students sit the Engineering leaving cert examination paper. In addition, the Faculty of Engineering at IT Carlow has been unable to recruit female engineer students for the academic year 2017/2018.
Likewise, the Department of Humanities, IT Carlow currently has only 2 male registered students in ECEC and has had only one male graduate in the last 3 years. Less than 1% of early years practitioners are men (Independent, 2009). International research has found that mentoring programmes and more recently the integration of the principles of the social sciences into engineering can encourage women into more typically male dominated disciplines such as engineering. US Universities have focused on the benefits of engineering for societies and communities and have found that this approach appeals to female students (Amrose, 2017). Dispelling the myths around men in childcare, changing public perceptions of the role of men in childcare and increasing an awareness of the professionalism of the sector have been the most successful strategies in encouraging men to enter the ECEC sector (Barnados, n.d).
In summary, the key objectives of this project are to;
A mixed methods flexible approach will be utilised. Phases one will include conducting focus groups with secondary school students aged between 14 and 17 years in the Carlow and surrounding areas. Teachers and career guidance teachers will also participate in a survey to explore the barriers to participation in these discipline areas. The results of this along with the international literature will inform the strategies developed. For example, workshops with young people, mentoring/sha dowing an Engineering/ECEC student. This data will inform the development of a policy to promote ECEC/Engineering to males and females. An evaluation of the policy and promotion strategies will take place.
There is a great need for suitably qualified engineers to fulfill the existing and future needs of the global smart economy. This course addresses that need by providing an exciting range of topical modules and a state-of-the-art engineering facility. The programme also offers the student a chance to develop their research skills in a full-time three month project.
Note: APPLICANTS FOR MHJ50 - ME ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING/MHJ52 - POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING should check the selection of modules available on the Department website, as module availability may differ year to year.
Note: As module availability may change year on year, applicants should check the Department web site for the most up to date list of modules available for 2016-2017, see web address below:
Duration: 1 year Full-time
The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.
Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.
Applicants who do not hold a degree in Electronic, Electrical, Computer, or Telecommunications Engineering should include a complete syllabus describing the content of their primary degree.
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The Electronic Engineering Department offers a structured Research Masters programme in Electronic Engineering. The objective of this programme is to produce high quality graduates with the skills and advanced engineering knowledge to operate as independent researchers and take on leadership roles in research and development both in academia and in industry. Our structured approach to postgraduate education provides students with an excellent foundation in a variety of technical areas that are targeted towards the research area of the student combined with training in research, communication and business skills. We will also encourage engagement with the global research community, in academia and industry, through research visits, internships and attending conferences.
Research applications are generally accepted at any time
September (or other agreed time)
Students complete a thesis on a significant body of research and take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules from the Structured MSc programme. (at least 5 in generic/transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules)
Modules can be completed at any stage of the programme. Students must complete a module in the semester they wish to be assessed. Each module can only be taken once in the programme and credit cannot be achieved for completing the same material in 2 different modules.
Duration: 2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time
Graduates will extend their engineering skills and technical knowledge to work in partnership with healthcare clinicians and other medical experts, acquiring grounding in the culture and ethics of the healthcare profession. This is a new programme with a novel cross-institutional approach, sharing modules in Dublin City University, the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and Maynooth University..
This is a 1 year full time course. Module themes include medical sciences, Biomedical Engineering, advanced control theory, computer vision, healthcare ethics, law, risk management and signal modelling and compression.
Duration: 1 year Full-time