The Atlantic University Alliance provides an innovative modular diploma and degree programme in science and technology studies
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Over 1,300 jobs in STEM roles were announced in April across a number of companies. Half of these were in the greater Dublin area and the rest were right across the country. There will be huge interest in these new positions among those with the right qualifications.

According to recent figures released by LinkedIn, Ireland is luring talent back home because of the improved economic conditions. Sharon McCooey, of LinkedIn Ireland, said, “As economic conditions continue to improve, Ireland’s reputation as a great place to work is bringing great talent to our shores and we hope to see this continue into the future. In parallel with this, it’s also positive to see the growth of SMEs and entrepreneurs, as this is a real sign of business confidence.”

In the context of the increased demand for level 7 and level 8 qualifications, the Atlantic University Alliance provides an innovative modular diploma and degree programme in science and technology studies. This part-time programme is delivered using a combination of distance and online learning, as well as face-to-face tutorials, workshops and laboratory sessions that are normally held on Saturdays, in NUI Galway and the University of Limerick.

Wide range of modules


The programme in science and technology studies was developed by academic staff in consultation with industry, specifically to address current and future requirements of the high-tech sector. It offers a comprehensive range of traditional science, engineering and informatics subjects along with specialist modules so participants can focus on areas that are relevant to their career path.

The level 7 diploma (DST) is open to applicants over 21 who have a Leaving Certificate with maths. The flexibility of the modular course means that it can be completed in between two and four years. Entry into the degree cycle (BST) requires either the DST or a similar level 7 diploma. Conscious of the many demands placed on adult learners from a work and family perspective, all of the courses were developed on a modular basis to provide manageable, bite-sized chunks of learning, enabling participants to combine work and family commitments with the demands of a programme of study.

Payment for the course is per module, on a semester by semester basis and, at €380 per module, it is an affordable option for anyone considering further education.

The degree cycle offers specialist streams in: medical device science, lean and quality systems and environmental sustainability. These three streams are also available as stand-alone specialist diplomas, which can be completed in one year. Company-based projects help participants to apply learning directly and immediately to the work-place and there is an emphasis on professional transferrable skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, decision-making, oral and communication, and team-work.

The table below outlines the modules that are covered in both the diploma and degree cycle and the opportunity to specialise in one’s preferred area.

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Career and funding opportunities


People seeking to fast track their career or to move into management roles should consider the programme, which has been developed in order to address current and future requirements of the high-tech sector. Furthermore, it improves employability for those seeking a career in a variety of technology-rich industries, such as manufacturing, biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, medical and other precision devices.

There are scholarships that cover 30 per cent of the course fees available to those in receipt of disability or unemployment benefit. You will find detailed programme content, with an outline of all the modules on offer, on the programme website www.aua.ie.

Applications are being accepted from now until Friday, 26 June 2016. Demand is high, so early application is recommended. For any queries, you can call the programme administrator on 091 49 5845.

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Over 1,300 jobs in STEM roles were announced in April across a number of companies. Half of these were in the greater Dublin area and the rest were right across the country. There will be huge interest in these new positions among those with the right qualifications. According to recent...