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Ultra Precision and Nanoengineering MSc/MTech/PgDip/PgCert

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  • Entry requirements
    Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a 1st or 2nd class UK honours degree in a relevant engineering or science-based discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications together with industrial experience may be considered.
  • Course description
    The next generation of products for energy production, medical diagnostics, aerospace, space, displays, telecommunications, semiconductor devices, optics and optoelectronics demand ultra precision engineering of surfaces, down to the nanoscale, to achieve their superior functionality.

    The MSc in Ultra Precision and Nanoengineering has been designed to equip engineers and scientists with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience that allow next generation high technology products and processes to be realised.

    Students will study the essential aspects of ultra precision technologies and nanoengineering including the philosophy of determinism, fundamental precision design and metrology principles, critical computer-based design and application tools, and detailed knowledge of ultra precision and nanoengineering processes.  Many applications of the technology are addressed, with particular emphasis on optics, renewable energy generation (solar, wind, wave), medical diagnostics, space and aerospace.

    Students benefit from access to the best equipped precision machining laboratories in Europe, including the Hexagon Loxham Precision Laboratory, a 400m² state-of-the-art temperature and humidity controlled workspace, and over 100m 2 of clean rooms within the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Centre.

    Full-time students compete for the McKeown Prize for the Best Thesis in Precision Engineering, presented by Pat McKeown OBE.

    MSc students complete eight modules, the group project and an individual thesis. Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) students complete eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete five modules.

    Group project

    There is a strong emphasis on applying knowledge in the industrial environment. This involves working in teams to fulfil demanding objectives within a tight timescale, applying state-of-the-art technologies and approaches, and delivering results to a high professional standard. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group project.

    Individual thesis project

    The individual thesis project, usually undertaken as a company placement, offers students the opportunity to develop their research capability, depth of understanding and ability to provide ultra precision and nanoengineering solutions to real problems. 
    • Precision Engineering
    • Nanotechnology and Medical Applications
    • Renewable Energy Technology
    • Metrology and Optical Testing
    • Optical Technologies
    • Computer Aided Engineering for Ultra Precision
    • Management of Innovation and New Product Development
    • Surface Engineering and Coatings

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