Tyndall is the national coordinator for two inter-institutional graduate education programmes; the International Centre for Graduate Education in Micro and Nano‐Engineering (ICGEE) and the Integrated NanoScience Platform for Ireland (INSPIRE).
Both programmes offer students a structured doctoral education which is primarily research based but also encompasses flexible taught courses in technical and transferrable skills, delivered across institutions. A joint curriculum has been devised based on the strengths of the partner institutions and pools the combined scientific and pedagogical expertise of each contributor into a single offering. The module offering covers postgraduate courses in technical or discipline-specific topics such as micro- and nano-electronics, nanoscience, photonics and bioscience. The joint curriculum also recognizes that today’s engineering and science postgraduates need a wide range of skills in order to build successful careers in academia, research or industry. In so doing, the curriculum includes transferable skills such as communication & presentation skills and business related courses in innovation, commercialization & entrepreneurship.
Modules are delivered via a range of options from short intensive on-site courses to remote delivery of live lectures via videoconferencing; to lectures made available for online download at the student’s convenience through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) http://icgee.ie/moodle/. The shared curriculum of courses from ICGEE & INSPIRE comprises more than 25 discipline-specific and transferable skills courses available to all PhD candidates in participating academic institutions.
For more on ICGEE and its institutional partners go to www.icgee.ie ICGEE is funded by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology.
For more on INSPIRE and its consortium members go to www.inspirenano.ie INSPIRE is funded under the framework of the Irish Government’s Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions Cycle 5, National Development Plan 2007-2013 with the assistance of the European Regional Development Fund.