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Taught MSc Imaging and Microscopy


Course Description

Who is the UCD MSc in Imaging and Microscopy for?
The UCD MSc in Imaging and Microscopy programme is suitable for the majority of life science graduates who wish to develop their skills in biological imaging and microscopy - an area of biology that is now considered essential to both the academic and industrial communities.

What will I learn from the this course?
Students on the UCD MSc in Imaging and Microscopy programme will learn both the theory and practical use of a wide range of imaging and microscopy approaches as used in the life sciences. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of samples for microscopy, the practical use of imaging equipment, and image analysis. Graduates of this programme will have competency in confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, automated screening microscopy, in addition to complementary imaging technologies.

How will I benefit from this course?
This UCD MSc in Imaging and Microscopy programme provides an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical expertise in all the major types of biological imaging currently used world-wide. The knowledge and skills learned in this programme will empower its graduates with a clear competitive advantage when seeking further graduate training (such as a PhD position) or employment in either the academic or industrial sectors.

What is this programme about?
The ability to visualise an object or specimen of interest has always been a fundamental aspect of biological and biomedical research. In recent years, imaging techniques and approaches have been revolutionised through advances in computing, instrumentation and automation, novel fluorescent tools, and the ability to resolve and accurately quantify ever smaller structures. This MSc programme will provide students with an in depth knowledge of current imaging and microscopy technologies, with hands-on experience of their application in biology. A suite of specialised modules will inform students about the physics of imaging, analysis of images, use of electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and automated screening microscopy; and students will be provided with the opportunity to use state-of-the-art equipment in each of these areas. Complementary modules in flow cytometry and medical imaging will also enhance the learning experience, and provide breadth to the knowledge base. An extended laboratory-based project utilising knowledge gained during this programme is also a key feature of this course.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this programme requires an honours degree in one of the disciplines in the life sciences, with a minimum overall result of a second class honours grade two. Prior knowledge of imaging or microscopy is not essential.If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for this programme.

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