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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Postgraduate Research

Ireland's largest dedicated ICT Research Centre

At Tyndall National Institute, we are international research leaders in electronics and photonics from atoms to systems, particularly in the area of communications, energy, health, agri-food and the environment. Based in Cork city, we are Ireland’s largest dedicated research institute and one of Europe’s leading institutes for deep-tech research and innovation.

We give you the opportunity to work on leading-edge research within a multi-disciplinary team of experts with access to a state-of–the-art R&D infrastructure. You will also benefit from our close links to industry, giving you the opportunity to partner with large multinationals and SMEs on projects which have the potential to make a real difference to some of the world’s major societal challenges.

Our Micro and Nano Systems research focuses on modelling and development of materials, devices and systems for integrated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) applications. While our Photonics research focuses on photonic integration technology, spanning areas from photonics theory right through to device and system development and fabrication.

As well as practical research, you will also have access to training in a wide range of technical and transferable skills including innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation.

Tyndall has a long history in postgraduate education, we’ve been hosting postgraduate students since 1981 and  have over 800 alumni. There is a strong project team ethos with each student being supervised by a multi-disciplinary team of experts with access to a state-of–the-art R&D infrastructure. Tyndall has always fostered a close affiliation to industry with many mechanisms for engaging industry participation including European Union and Science Foundation Ireland research funding, as well as the Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Postgraduate Scholarship scheme. 

Education Overview


We host PhD and masters students undertaking a postgraduate degree in our research focus areas of Micro and Nano Systems and Photonics.

We provide Internships and Co-Op Placements to third level students, either as part of their term time course work or summer work. Our internships are designed to give under graduate and graduate students a comprehensive experience and insight into the life of a researcher.


Why choose Tyndall for Postgraduate Study?


Tyndall has a critical mass of over 500 researchers, students and professional support staff. Our students work alongside established internationally renowned senior researchers.

Students have access to the extensive research infrastructure in Tyndall. This includes several fabrication facilities (CMOS, compound semiconductor and Microsystems) and a leading range of characterisation, analytical and test laboratories.Education Overview


Benefits of Global Collaborations

Tyndall’s collaborations with global industries and academic institutions give our students the opportunity to work on impactful international projects with industry and other academic institutions. This includes mentoring and scholarship programmes as well as placement schemes.