Taught course

Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise

University of Cambridge · Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or its international equivalent. A CV must be enclosed with the supporting material for an application via the University's online system. The Course Directors will take a candidate's academic merits, content of supporting references and relevant research or work experience into account when deciding whether or not they will be shortlisted for interview.  Shortlisted andidates will then be interviewed either in person, by telephone or by Skype. 

Months of entry


Course content


The Master’s Programme in Micro- & Nanotechnology Enterprise is an exciting opportunity in which world-leading scientists and successful entrepreneurs are brought together to deliver a one-year Master’s degree combining an in-depth multidisciplinary scientific programme with a global perspective on the commercial opportunities and business practice necessary for the successful exploitation in the rapidly developing fields of nanotechnology and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).

The programme is intended for those with a good first degree in the physical sciences and engineering who wish to develop research skills and a commercial awareness in micro- and nanotechnology. It combines cutting-edge science with business practice skills, giving students knowledge and experience of a range of disciplines.   This should enable students graduating from the course to evaluate the scientific importance and technological potential of new developments in the field of the field of Micro and Nanotechnology and provides an unparalleled educational experience for entrepreneurs in these fields.

Fees and funding

Fee Home: GBP9468, EU: GBP9468, Overseas: GBP23808

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months



A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words in length (including tables, figure legends and appendices, but excluding bibliography) on a major project, involving (i) in-depth scientific research (following a literature survey in the same scientific field), or (ii) an in-depth case study concerned with a topic in science, business, ethics, law or policy (related to the topic covered during the literature survey). The assessment will include a viva voce examination.


No more than eight essays, each of not more than 3,000 words in length, covering the fields of science, ethics, law, and policy, and the interface of micro- and nanoscience and business.

A literature survey report of not more than 5000 words in length on a scientific topic, to be followed by either a major research project in the same field, or a business-, ethics-, law-, or policy-related case study, concerning the scientific topic.

Course work, which may include written work, group work, and class participation.


Two unseen written examination papers, which may cover all core and elective scientific subjects prescribed in the syllabus.

Practical Assessment

Five practical assessments.

Course contact details

+44 1223 337733