High- technology products fundamentally depend on a range of ultra precision systems and processes. Next generation products for space, aerospace, energy production, displays, sensors and advanced medical devices demand ultra precision technologies in order to achieve their superior functionality.
The course has been designed to equip engineers and scientists with an understanding of the underlying principles of important ultra precision technologies as well as provide exposure and understanding of their state-of-the-art applications.
Students will study all aspects of ultra precision technologies including the philosophy of determinism, fundamental precision design and metrology principles, critical computer-based design and application tools, detailed knowledge of ultra precision processes and their applications. Strategic approaches to safeguard technology management, intellectual property and product innovation are reviewed.
The Ultra Precision Technologies programme is truly world-class, led by Cranfield University, with support from the Optical Science Laboratory of University College London, the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge and OpTIC Glynd?r. Course modules are delivered at three locations - Cranfield, OpTIC and Cambridge.
The course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM 3 ) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) students complete eight modules and the group project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete five modules and an assignment.
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 solutions to real problems.
- Precision Engineering
- Metrology and Optical Testing
- Managing Innovation and New Product Development
- Computer-aided Engineering for Ultra Precision
- Optical Design and Fabrication
- Surface Engineering and Coatings
- Modern Optical Technologies
- Laser Micromachining and Surface Structuring