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Training and Module Information



Training Information and Presentations

Postgraduate Student and Supervisor Training - A Snapshot. (Presentation July 2021)

TEC-Net Tyndall Early Career Researchers Network (Presentation July 2021)




Graduate Modules 2023/2024 Info and FAQ

Module Information

How many modules must I take?

The module requirements differ with each PhD programme. See the table below. All of the modules listed below are 5 ECTS credits unless otherwise specified.


What modules can I take for credit?

This depends on the PhD programme. See table on PhD Programmes Below


Can I get credit for external modules?

Yes. You can get recognition for up to 10ETCS for external modules. Further details available here.


Where can I get more info?

A description of all modules offered by UCC is contained in the Book of Modules

All other queries, contact


 How to Register for Modules

1. PG Modules: Registration for PG Modules in Online. Search the online catalogue and register here. Recommended PG Modules PG6001; PG6015; PG6030

PG6015 An Introduction to Research Integrity, Ethics and Open Science is mandatory for all PhD Eng Sc students registered after September 2021


2. Discipline Specific (Technical) Modules: Contact the module coordinator to ensure availability of a place on the module. 

 Complete a Discipline Specific Module Registration Form

3. External Modules: Students may receive credit for up to 10ECTS External Module. External Module Recognition



PhD Programmes

Programme Duaration Module Requirements What Modules can be taken for Credit?

PhD Engineering Science

36 months 


48 months




Any modules of relevance to students' research, and which satisfy the requirements for PhD Engineering Science. Prior agreement from supervisors and lecturers is required.

PhD Including PhD Physics, PhD Engineering, 

PhD Chemistry

36 months (minimum) 15 ECTS  Modules from Graduate Studies Modules and other modules as approved by supervisors and PhD programme



Disciplinary Specific/Technical SE Modules

Modules offered via the Engineering Science programme are listed below. Students registered on PhD Eng Sc may take disciplinary specific modules from any discipline, upon approval of their Thesis Committees and the module lecturers. For a full listing of UCC modules, please see Book of Modules

Module Schedule
SE6001 Compound Semiconductor Device Fabrication Semesters 1,2 &3
SE6006 Scientific Programming Concepts (ICHEC) Semester 1. Register before September 1st on ICHEC link emailed to all students 
SE6009 High Performance Computing and Parallel Programming (ICHEC) TBC
SE6015 Advanced Semiconductor Fabrication and Packaging Semester 2
SE6021 Introduction to Citizen Science Semester 1 or 2 or 3


SE6001 Compound Semiconductor Device (Ridge Lasers)  Fabrication Training Course

Introduction and aim of the course: This practical course will be aimed at early career scientists especially graduate students with an interest in learning the fabrication steps of a compound semiconductor device. We will target both, participants with no prior practical experience in working in the field of semiconductor device fabrication who want to gain this specific knowledge to advance their research, as well as experienced participants who want to expand their tool set. The course will cover state-of-the-art techniques that are – or will become – essential for a broad range of research topics and we will therefore target participants with diverse research interests.

Participants in Tyndall clean room


  • Gain a “big picture” understanding of the steps involved in fabricating and testing of Ridge Laser devices on GaAs substrate 
  • To familiarize the students with the state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and equipment available in Tyndall National Institute 
  •  To prepare and enable students to safely undertake some hands-on activities in the fabrication process. 

This course provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in semiconductor  fabrication at Tyndall’s training fab, delivered by its in-house experts. There will be 4 process techniques talks: Photolithography, Etching, PECVD Deposition, and Metallization, along with their practical implementation in the fabrication facility dedicated to the training course

What will you learn:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of sub-technologies such as: photolithography, etching, metal deposition, thermal treatments, and measurement that form the full compound semiconductor device fabrication process.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between materials used, process techniques and how these two factors are used to fabricate devices such as semiconductor lasers, LEDs and various detectors.  
  • Test a simple device and understand the relationship between process parameters and device characteristics.
  •  Recognize the differences, but also see the similarities between silicon IC fabrication and compound semiconductor device fabrication.  
  • Fabricate a simple light emitting device and understand the technology involved. 
Testing – device fabricated in training course


  • 4 day course in person @Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Republic of Ireland, followed by:
    • 1/2 day online student presentations as part of module assessment
  • 5 ECTS 
  • Talks and Lab work
  • Lunch provided
  • Lab access charges may be applied. Further information upon registration of interest


Have we got your attention? Register your interest to attend this course, please follow this link

SE6001 is scheduled to run twice in the coming months; in March and again in April

March: 19th-22nd (4 days in person in Tyndall) + 25th March (1/2 day online). Participants must be available for all days

April: 8th-11th (4 days in person in Tyndall) + 16th April (1/2 day online). Participants must be available for all days.