MRes Nanotechnology and Microsystems

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  • Objectives
    You will: -develop expertise in the science of nanotechnology and microsystems -become familiar with the methods and processes for micro- and nanofabrication -show competence in the skills and ability for self-starting research at advanced levels -formulate and execute an advanced research-based programme.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should normally have an honours degree (at least 2.2) in an appropriate related discipline, corporate membership of an appropriate chartered institution or an equivalent relevant qualification. Holders of an appropriate higher national diploma plus several years' relevant experience may also be accepted.
  • Academic title
    MRes Nanotechnology and Microsystems
  • Course description
    This course is designed for those who wish to enhance their research skills, either in preparation for going on to study for a higher research degree or for those who would seek a career in research within commercial laboratories or governmental organisations. You will be instructed in the rigorous protocols and methodologies of publishable research reporting.

    Course structure
    Modules include Project Management and Enterprise, Microfabrication, Microsystems, Practical Skills for Scientific Research and a research project. Students who successfully complete the taught modules can be awarded a postgraduate certificate.

    Expect opportunities in commercial or public research laboratories and organisations, or progress to higher degree level study.

    Industrial experience
    On each master's degree you'll complete an industrially-related project. This, along with the involvement of industrialists, practitioners and academics in the delivery of these courses, ensures that they are relevant to the demands of the process manufacturing industries.

    Intermediate awards
    Our master's degrees can lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate at Stage 1 (60 credits - 3 modules), a postgraduate diploma at Stage 2 (120 credits - 6 modules) or, on completion of a research project, the MSc.

    Block release study
    Our master's degrees are available on a block-release basis: you'll study for one week between 9.00am and 6.00pm with follow-up days in the next four weeks together with accompanying assignment work.

    Stage 1

    Introduction and Professional Studies
    This module is designed to introduce you to the issues related to studying beyond undergraduate level. It applies to students on taught postgraduate courses and those who are embarking on a programme of research. The module encompasses issues such as enrolment, health and safety, using Blackboard, report writing and referencing, ethics, plagiarism, time management and numerical techniques. You will also examine discipline specific areas pertinent to your pathway, which will offer you a particular grounding, skills base or understanding required at the early stage of your study. You will be introduced to personal development planning, by keeping a formal log book.

    Project Management and Enterprise
    This module is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to successfully project manage new product developments focusing on project management skills and processes, quality assurance issues, new product development processes and statistical analysis techniques. It provides you with an opportunity to develop a project plan for a programme of research based on scientific literature, with particular reference to key concepts such as innovation, enterprise and originality. This fundamental project management basis is interlinked with developing an understanding of entrepreneurial best practices to enable you to transfer your ideas into the commercial arena. This element of the module will focus on intellectual property rights, legal, regulatory and ethical issues, business start up processes and will include an element of foresight thinking.

    This module builds on the module in Microsystems by introducing you to applications for miniaturised devices as well as their fabrication. It features photolithography and emerging lithographic approaches for device fabrication. You will discuss wet and dry etching methods and their relative merits. The use of surface micromachining, LIGA and micromoulding approaches are also described. The module provides laboratory and CAD experience for miniaturised device development.

    Stage 2


    This module provides a context for modules such as Microfabrication. It also provides you with an understanding of the principles and characteristics of measurement systems and elements, together with an understanding of the principles of relevant electronic signal conditioning and interfacing systems.

    Practical Skills for Scientific Research
    This is a practical module designed to provide you with advanced training in important laboratory or field techniques. There are two streams - in the laboratory stream you will work on biology skills in microbiology, cell biology, microscopy, chemical and biochemical analysis. In the field stream you will work on qualitative research methods, interview and survey techniques, sampling and quantitative field analysis using portable equipment.

    Mini Project for MRes

    Stage 3

    Research Project

    This is the culmination of the programme of studies. You will undertake a challenging problem related substantially to your discipline. The project is linked where possible to an industrial or external partner organisation, which may even host your work and substantially direct the activity. Where this is not possible, a real or simulated real problem may be chosen as subject for the work. It is, however, expected that even where the problem is simulated or hypothetical, it will be treated as if real. The project outcomes project should be at a publishable standard.

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