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UCD MSc Imaging and Microscopy

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University College Dublin
23 August 2012
Biology, Earth, Environment & Energy
Masters Courses
Course fee

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 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 UCD MSc in Imaging and Microscopy?

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 the UCD MSc in Imaging and Microscopy?
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 the UCD MSc in Imaging and Microscopy 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.

The UCD MSc in Imaging and Microscopy programme highlights are:

·         Comprehensive insight into current biological imaging approaches

·         Extensive practical use of state-of-the-art equipment

·         Access to world-leading experts in biological imaging technologies


The various course modules address the following subject areas:

Confocal microscopy - theory and practical
Electron microscopy - theory and practical
Atomic force microscopy - theory and practical
Automated screening microscopy - theory and practical
Flow cytometry
Medical and diagnostic imaging
Image analysis and processing
Optics and lasers

Where can I go after the UCD MSc in Imaging and Microscopy? 

Graduates from this MSc programme will have a distinct advantage when applying for PhD studentships or other graduate training programmes. This MSc will also be of great value to individuals wishing to pursue scientific careers in academic, health-related or bio-pharma environments.

Entry Requirements:

Entry to this programme requires a degree in one of the disciplines in the life sciences. Prior knowledge of imaging or microscopy is not essential.



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