24 months
26400 EUR/year
8410 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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At the Optical Engineering programme at University College Dublin you will gain an advanced understanding of a broad range of areas within optical engineering, such as biomedical signal processing, optoelectronics and biomedical imaging.


At the Optical Engineering programme at University College Dublin you will learn about very exciting innovative technologies that are rapidly emerging, driven by the ability to display and capture large amounts of real time optical data. Optical engineers are involved in identifying and designing these systems, with the aim of improving people’s lives, generating employment and creating new business opportunities.

Key facts

  • Delivered by a highly research intensive School holding 151-200 in the QS world subject rankings, this two-year programme provides 6-8 months professional work experience as an embedded element of the programme.
  • Research project topics are spread across a wide range, but related to and drawing on the topics covered in the taught modules. Similarly, your work placement can involve a variety of roles in a range of different companies in the electronic and computer engineering field.

Career opportunities

  • There are excellent job opportunities for optical engineers in the display, lighting, virtual reality, robotic and drone areas. It is a large and expanding area. 
  • Established employers in Ireland include both multinationals and indigenous companies, e.g. Andor, Carl Zeiss, Huawei, Intel/Movidius, Qualcomm, and Sensl, to name but a few.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Optoelectronics

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • ME Project (Optical)
  • Numerical Algorithms
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Optical Sensing Technology
  • Nanomaterials Chemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) in Electrical, Electronic, Computer or Optical Engineering with minimum 2:1 award  or international equivalent 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  •  Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26400 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8410 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8410 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU Year 2 - €8,410
  • Non-EU Year 2 - €25,600

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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