Research course


Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering or science subject

Months of entry


Course content

The nanotechnology research theme focuses on the revolutionary opportunities associated with nanomaterials and nanoscale engineering. We undertake research into a variety of nanotechnologies and their applications across a wide spectrum of industrial sectors and academic themes.

We work closely with colleagues in the Materials Engineering research group and the School of Life, Health, and Chemical Sciences, as well as many external cross-disciplinary collaborators, to develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing the world today.

Our research interests include:

  • Atomic layer deposition processes for the fabrication of functional thin films
  • Developing low-cost, reliable, highly stable optical biosensors for healthcare applications
  • Nanofabrication, nanostructured systems, and nanoelectronic devices
  • Scanning probe microscopy for research involving advanced materials, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and personal care.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr James Bowen