National Institute For Optics and Lasers(NIOL)

MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN LASER

Laser cutting is the process of using an industrial Laser to cut hardened objects or materials used in machine parts. This takes away the need to manually do the process, which can cost so much time and effort to accomplish, leading to delays. Because of this technology, the cutting process is faster and easier, such that one can cut any material in any shape and size with ease.

Laser Technology is one of the most important new technologies of the twenty-first century. It involves the practical application of light, optics, and electronics and has found many applications in the world today. Examples of such applications include: Laser-based manufacturing, fiber optics, optical data storage in CD/DVDs, holograms, bar-code scanners, LCD TVs, satellite imagery, environmental sensing, infrared imaging, nanotechnology, Laser surgery, photodynamic cancer therapy, security and in basic research among others. In the same way that electronics changed our lives in the 20th century, Laser Technology has revolutionized industries, medical sector, remote sensing, telecommunication, security and defense technologies just to name a few examples. Industries, academic and research institutions can offer excellent opportunities for research and development of future Laser devices and technologies.

For Kenya to realize the Vision 2030, it is imperative to embrace Laser Technology and train adequate skilled manpower to integrate the application of Lasers into the diverse applications. This will provide the country and the region with high-level manpower in planning, management and research. As such, the programme serves as a catalyst towards realizing vision 2030 and hence propelling Kenya into an industrialized Nation

Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU) is the first institution of higher learning in the country and in the region to offer training opportunity at the masters’ level in Laser Technology. The development of this master’s program is a direct consequence of the ever increasing need for highly qualified scientists in the field of Laser systems and optical devices. Graduates of this program will have excellent opportunities in both industry and research institutions.

Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will find employment opportunities nationally, regionally and internationally in areas involved in the design and development of novel Lasers, integration of Lasers into products and systems, research and in development of next-generation Laser-based applications and in academia as resource persons. They shall work in companies that use Lasers and Laser-based systems in their manufacturing processes and other precision applications. Such industries include fiber optics and telecommunications, manufacturing, medical and material processing among others

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Science in Laser Technology, a candidate shall be:

  1. A holder of at least an upper second class honors, Bachelor’s degree in Applied Optics and Lasers, Applied Physics and Computer Science, Instrumentation and Control of MMU; or equivalent from another university recognized by the Senate.
  2. A holder of a lower second class honors Bachelor’s degree in Applied Optics and Lasers, Applied Physics and Computer Science, Instrumentation and Control of MMU, or equivalent from another university recognized by Senate with at least two (2) years of relevant experience.
  • A holder of any other relevant degree from MMU or from a university recognized by senate with at least an upper second class honors Bachelor’s degree.
  • A holder of a pass in a relevant Bachelor’s degree and postgraduate diploma or equivalent from MMU or another university recognized by senate.

Admission shall be confirmed by a letter from the Director, School of Postgraduate   studies.

 

Duration

  1. The Master of Science in Laser Technology shall extend over a period of four (4) semesters (each of 16 weeks)
  2. No candidate for Master of Science in Laser Technology shall be registered as a full time student for more than ten (10) semesters.
  • The Master of Science in Laser Technology shall be conducted through coursework, examinations and research project.

Structure

  1. In the first semester of first year of study, each student will be required to take five (5) units.
  2. In the second semester of first year of study, each student will be required to choose from the two (2) options, with each option having five (5) units.

In the second year of study, each student will be required to write a research proposal which will be defended orally in a seminar organized by the institute. The student will embark on research, which will culminate in a thesis.