Ultra Precision Technologies MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip

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    Ultra Precision Technologies MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip:

    Course Description:

    This course has been designed to meet the UK, EU and international demand for staff with the relevant knowledge and skills to deliver new ultra precision technologies. Students will be equipped with an understanding of the underlying principles of important ultra precision technologies as well gaining exposure and understanding of their state-of-the-art applications. Our students benefit from the expertise of our highly qualified academics. They have extensive contact with industry, through guest lectures from partner organisations and supporters of group and individual projects. Courses are regularly reviewed by an advisory panel of leading professionals from industry to ensure the content is relevant and meets the expectations of employers.

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    Entry Requirements:

    A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.
    English Language:

    If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

    •     IELTS - 6.5
    •     TOEFL - 92
    •     Pearson PTE Academic - 65
    •     Cambridge English Scale - 180
    •     Cambridge English: Advanced - C
    •     Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

    In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date). Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.


    Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

    Course format:
    • Taught
    • MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip


    Ultra precision skills and technologies are required to develop the next generation of products, including aerospace, space, energy production, opto-electronics and displays, sensors and advanced medical devices. Gain an understanding of the underlying principles of important ultra precision technologies as well gaining exposure and understanding of their state-of-the-art applications.

    Who is it for?:

    This course is suitable for graduates with a science or engineering related degree with an interest in the development of ultra precision systems and processes for high-technology products keen to pursue careers in a range of industries, or academia; or graduates currently working in precision technologies keen to extend their qualifications or pursue a career change; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.

    Why this course?:

    There are numerous benefits associated with undertaking a postgraduate programme of study at Cranfield University, including:
    • Study in a postgraduate-only environment where Masters' graduates can secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research
    • Teaching by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners
    • Work alongside a strong research team
    • Dedicated support for off-campus learners including extensive information resources managed by Cranfield University's library
    • Consultancy to companies supporting their employees on part-time programmes, in relation to individual projects.
    Informed by Industry:

    Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards are provided by high profile organisations and individuals, and are often sponsored by our industrial partners. Awards are presented on Graduation Day.

    Your teaching team:

    You will be taught by industry-active research academics from Cranfield, University College London, and the University of Cambridge with an established track record, and supported by visiting lecturers from industry. To ensure the programme is aligned to industry needs, the course is directed by an Industrial Advisory Committee.

    Course details:

    The course comprises ten assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

    Group project

    The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.

    Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

    Individual project:

    For the individual thesis project students select a project in consultation with the Course Director. It provides students with the opportunity to research, develop and apply technologies in their chosen area, working within agreed objectives, deadlines and budgets. Students develop their depth of understanding and ability to provide ultra precision solutions. Part-time students then undertake their individual project at their place of work.


    Taught modules 40%, Group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), Individual project 40%

    Core modules:
    • Computer-aided Engineering for Ultra Precision
    • Laser Micromachining and Surface Structuring
    • Managing Innovation and New Product Development
    • Metrology
    • Metrology and Optical Testing
    • Modern Optical Technologies
    • Optical Design and Fabrication
    • Precision Engineering
    • Functional Coatings and Thin Films
    • Surface Engineering and Coatings      
    Funding Opportunities:

    To help students find and secure appropriate funding, we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. 

    Bursaries may be available, however please be aware that funding will, in most cases, only be discussed once you have secured a firm offer of a place on the course. Please contact the Enquiries Office for further details.

    Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)

    The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.

    Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)

    Cranfield offers competitive scholarships for Mexican students in conjunction with Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) in science, technology and engineering. 
    Your career:

    The unique nature of this course, underpinned by the reputation of the delivery partners and strong links with industry, enables successful students to secure positions and develop their careers in a range of international industrial sectors, which are dependent on ultra precision technologies. Graduates are also provided with the enabling skills to find employment and to contribute to these sectors.

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